It’s a box turtle! Can I keep it?
By Chas Moore
Finding a slow moving turtle is wonderful discovery, and one of the most commonly found turtles in the United States is a box turtle. Most turtles are aquatic, living in rivers, streams, ponds, swamps and lakes, but like tortoises, box turtles live their entire lives on dry land. Occasionally, they soak in a mud puddle, but most often they’re... READ MORE
How to Survive a Venomous Snake Bite
By Justin Monk
In the Southeast, pit vipers include the diamondback rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, pygmy rattlesnake, copperhead and cottonmouth (water moccasin).
Snakes may be the most misunderstood wildlife, no matter what part of the country you call home. A high percentage of people are both fascinated by and fearful of snakes.
While not all snakes... READ MORE
Keep Wildlife Wild
By New Hampshire Fish & Game Dept.
With the arrival of spring, many species of wildlife are giving birth to their young. Finding young wildlife can be exciting, but in most cases, even if the animal appears abandoned, the mother is not far away.
If you encounter young wildlife – even if you think the young animal appears to need help – the kindest and safest thing to do... READ MORE
Iconic Harry Potter Owls
By Joanie Straub
In the magical realm of Harry Potter, book and movie fans often call his pet snowy owl Hedwig one of their favorites. Long before this beautiful owl cast a spell on the literary front, snowy owls have bewitched those who have seen them in person.
Now, many people in the United States have the opportunity to see this powerful white owl from the nor... READ MORE
Endangered whooper spotted in Kansas
By Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
The first migrating whooping crane has been spotted in late October at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, near Stafford in central Kansas.
Whooping cranes, an endangered species, are North America’s tallest bird, some reaching 5 feet in height when standing erect.
A rare and fantastic sight, this whooping crane is part of the only sustai... READ MORE
What is Alabama’s the rarest animal?
By M. Keith Hudson
Occasionally, wildlife biologists are asked, “What is the rarest animal in your state?” It might be interesting to consider candidates for Alabama’s rarest, most scarce or novel critter. Let’s identify candidates to eliminate. First, we’ll ignore elusive creatures that exist only as legend or as anecdotal evidence. Bla... READ MORE