Saturday, August 19, 2017

If you have kids in your life, plan to make a difference in their lives: Treat them to a campfire before school resumes.

Usually, distinctive tent caterpillar webs appear in trees in April. They become more conspicuous throughout May, and by June they’re everywhere.

Federal funds distributed to state wildlife agencies are generated by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and the Sport Fish Restoration Act.

Cowbirds parasitize the nests of more than 200 species of birds. Song sparrows, chipping sparrows, red-eyed vireos and indigo buntings are frequent victims.
bats in shavers creek

Over the last 10 years, bat populations have decreased due to white-nose syndrome. Fortunately, they may be developing a resistance to the fungal disease.

Last week, the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology announced that a live camera at an active condor nest came online.

When you see an unfamiliar bird, study it through binoculars and mentally note its size, distinctive shapes, markings, colors, behaviors, and voice.

To see warblers, concentrate on their habitat — old fields, forest edges, woods, and country roads. If there's a stream nearby, that's even better.

Steer clear of baby wildlife. The temptation to rescue an abandoned baby can be overwhelming, but it's illegal and not in the best interest of wildlife.

Scott Shalaways shares his summer reading list for bird lovers of all ages.
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