Stories by Scott Shalaway

Preservation: The Wilderness Act of 1964 marks 50 years

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fifty years ago, on Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964.

The basic science of Harmful Algal Blooms

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A little phosphorus makes Lake Erie the “Walleye Capital of the World,” but too much phosphorus can lead to harmful algal blooms.

Insects: Spittlebugs, galls, and evening singers

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Insects thrive during the warmth of summer, and many are conspicuous and familiar.

Hummingbird guilt while on summer vacation

Thursday, August 7, 2014

When my wife and I left on vacation July 21, I felt pangs of guilt. I had been hosting a growing number of ruby-throated hummingbirds at my feeders since early May.

Books for the rest of summer

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Relaxing in a hammock with a good book is a great way to relax on a warm summer afternoon. Here are a few titles that have recently caught my eye.

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!

eNewsletter

Get our Top Stories in Your Inbox

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.