Critter Tales

The fascinating dragonfly—speed, beauty and agility

The fascinating dragonfly—speed, beauty and agility

By Buckmasters Online

In mid- to late summer, we often marvel at the dragonfly stunt pilots we find near bodies of fresh water. They’re beautiful, entertaining and intriguing. “People are fascinated with finding dragonflies and damselflies,” says David True, refuge ranger at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. “It’s is a growing thin... READ MORE

Are you ready for the BIG Buzz?

Are you ready for the BIG Buzz?

By Buckmasters Online

The cicadas are coming! The cicadas are coming! Photo: Brood X, a 17-year periodical cicada is due to emerge by the millions. Sometime between early May and early July 2021, large areas of the Eastern United States will be filled with the buzz-hum of billions, and estimated trillions, of periodical cicadas. Yes, those numbers are correct. Brood X ... READ MORE

Is your birdfeeder a super spreader?

Is your birdfeeder a super spreader?

By Buckmasters Online

Prevent bird diseases and save bird lives by frequently cleaning your feeders. Photo: Clean nectar feeders each time you refill them to keep hummingbirds healthy. This spring, take the time to clean your bird feeders to prevent the spread of avian diseases among your feathered friends.  Karen Rowe, nongame migratory bird program coordinator f... READ MORE

The other 364 days: Real lives of reindeer

The other 364 days: Real lives of reindeer

By U.S. Geological Survey

Caribou, North America’s wild reindeer, have lives apart from their famous Christmas Eve role. Photo: Early in winter a mama caribou teaches her calf how to dig for lichen. In early winter, snow is a few inches deep, but later will be three feet deep, and probably up to the calf’s belly. To learn how the Arctic antler-bearers spend... READ MORE

Yikes! That’s a BIG spider!

Yikes! That’s a BIG spider!

By Buckmasters Online

Every fall spiders emerge—not only the decorative spiders for Halloween observances, but fascinating, living web-building spiders. But in Georgia, more people are observing a recent arrival to the family of arachnids along their woodland walks and on their back porches—bright yellow-bodied Joro spiders. They are hard to miss. They're hu... READ MORE

Turn your jack-o'-lantern into a wildlife snack-o’-lantern

Turn your jack-o'-lantern into a wildlife snack-o’-lantern

By Buckmasters Online

It’s pumpkin season everywhere. Folks carve them, arrange them, paint them, use them in fall decorations, turn them into pies or roast seeds for snacks. From October through November the colorful orange squash plants are a welcome sight, but weeks later, the question is how to dispose of your pumpkin collection. If the neighbor squirrel fami... READ MORE

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