Stories by Scott Shalaway

See more Pennsylvania elk, live or online

Thursday, October 1, 2015

More opportunities to see Pennsylvania elk.

Deer mice: Home invasions have begun

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Every fall, shortly after nighttime, temperatures turn chilly and deer mice seek refuge from the coming cold weather by moving into our homes.

Mourning doves are truly renewable

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Out with the old: By the time young mourning doves have left the nest, the parents have already begun another family. Females often lay eggs in a new nest before the previous brood has left its nest tree.

Condor population is rebounding nicely

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Despite the low reproductive rate, the condor’s recovery is encouraging.

The birds are southbound once again

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fall migration is underway, and will continue the next few months.

Monarch butterfly numbers are coming back

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This summer I saw my first monarch on Aug. 1. Since then, however, I’ve seen more every day.

The legacy of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hunting regulated by professional biologists in the U.S. is here to stay, but international trophy hunting should end today.

It’s easy to get startled by harmless snakes

Thursday, August 13, 2015

When mowing your lawn, be careful not to run over those harmless snakes.

Land and water fund needs federal support

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is still a cause worth supporting.

Getting an expert’s take on the mysteries of mammal diversity

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rather than just guess which species I had seen, I contacted Dr. Don Wilson, emeritus curator at the Smithsonian Institution.


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About Scott

Scott Shalaway, who holds a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from Michigan State University, writes from his home in rural West Virginia. A former faculty member at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma Biological Station, he has been writing a weekly nature column for newspapers and freelancing for magazines since 1986. He can be heard 3 to 4 p.m. Sundays on 620 KHB Radio or online at Visit www.drshalawaycom or contact him directly at or 2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033. Send questions and comments to You can also visit his Web site,