Stories by Scott Shalaway

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. Send questions and comments to scottshalaway@gmail.com. You can also visit his Web site, http://scottshalaway.googlepages.com.

Observing summer deer is a real outdoor treat

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Deer are active in the summer, and enjoyable to watch, from a safe distance.

Observing summer deer is a real outdoor treat

Thursday, July 24, 2014

About three weeks ago I noticed a doe and her twin fawns passing leisurely through the yard shortly before 7 a.m.

Where did Eurasian Collared-Dove come from? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Back in 1974 a local pigeon fancier imported a flock of about 50 Eurasian collared-doves to the Bahamas.

Bioluminescence – Living Lights

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fireflies, or lightning bugs, are neither flies, nor bugs. They are beetles capable of bioluminescence.

Bioluminescence: Living lights are natural wonders

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The light that fireflies produce is nothing short of amazing.

Old feathered friends can be found at the beach

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A trip to the beach can be filled with surprises. One sure bet is that there will be gulls galore.

Pollinators are needed to keep the world green

Thursday, June 26, 2014

By SCOTT SHALAWAY Every year, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates a week in June as National Pollinator Week. The effort is intended to draw attention to the invaluable services provided by bees, beetles, butterflies, flies, birds and other pollinators. Plants reproduce when pollen (sperm) from male flower parts (anthers) reaches the pistil (site of […]

Beaver tales: Leaving an ecological impact

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Though large and common, beavers are seldom seen unless you know where to look. The best time to see beavers is at dusk on a summer evening. And the best place is on quiet water from a kayak or canoe. Float quietly! Wildlife usually ignores me when I glide silently and low on the water. […]

Grapevines are aggressive, but are not deadly

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lesson learned: Grapevines are important to the ecosystem.

Caterpillars, forest birds and trees … how they fit

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Let’s examine how small songbirds such as warblers, vireos and flycatchers act as keystone species in forest ecosystems.

Why brown-headed cowbirds are lousy parents

Thursday, May 22, 2014

When I walked to my office this morning, I noticed a female brown-headed cowbird perched high atop the tallest tree in the yard. For 10 minutes she surveyed the surrounding area.

The old field is filled with old feathered friends

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Almost overnight, the old field below the house has greened up, and birds have set up nesting territories. Bluebirds were the first to lay eggs because the nest box protects the eggs from the elements. Within just a few weeks, however, field sparrows, indigo buntings, white-eyed vireos, and cardinals have also established territories. Nest on […]

The language of birds is a beautiful one

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Birds vocalize throughout the year, but the purpose of the sounds varies. Always, however, birds sing to communicate.

A trip to the zoo might change the course of your life

Thursday, May 1, 2014

By SCOTT SHALAWAY Early childhood experiences often shape the adults we become. In my case, I remember going to the Philadelphia Zoo with my parents. I relished those times with my mom and dad and recall them fondly now. Lions, tigers, and bears were just the stuff of books, but at the zoo they became […]

Finding stinky roots and delicious mushrooms

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Morel season is a memorable time of year, and it’s finally here!

Coming soon to a garden near you: Hummingbirds

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The best way to attract hummingbirds is to plant native, nectar-bearing flowers.

If you can, take a kid fishing this spring season

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Few experiences are more rewarding than introducing a child to the outdoors. I remember teaching my daughters at the age of three to recognize the voice of a barred owl – “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all!” They were amazed they could identify a bird without seeing it. And when my wife and […]

Bird songs everyone actually knows and sings

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Early migrants began returning several weeks ago. Turkey vultures, killdeer, and phoebes were probably as befuddled by the late winter weather as we were. But by early April, we should be safe from any more extended cold snaps. And that means the parade of returning migratory birds will accelerate every week. Bird songs To prepare […]

To truly appreciate nature, one must experience it

Thursday, March 27, 2014

To truly enjoy and appreciate nature, we must experience it. It recharges the soul, and it actually made me feel better physically.

Getting ready for birding in the spring season

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Last week I did my best to think spring by suggesting that it was time to put up a few nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, and chickadees. This week it’s time for the next step despite a forecast for more severe winter weather. It will warm up […]

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