Category Archives: Wildlife

Light Pollution and Migratory Birds

A new article titled  Even Porch Lights can Disorient Migratory Birds appeared in Conservation Magazines’s online “Conservation this Week” It has been known for some time that lights in tall buildings, lighthouses etc. give migrating birds many troubles, but more evidence is gathering … Continue reading

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Stormwater Retention Ponds for Wildlife

Storm water retention ponds are an important tool that reduces the amount of pollution getting into surface waters, and to lessen the effects of flooding, but they can create good wildlife habitat.  Unfortunately these pond are often sterile, boring features … Continue reading

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Blanding’s Turtle – Emydoidea blandingii

One day while bouncing around in my dad’s truck on the backroads of Wisconsin we came across a strange looking turtle with a high domed shell (carapace) and small, light yellow spots. I thought its head looked snake-like and really … Continue reading

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Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens)

The common, spotted Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) is found through much of the northern half of the United State.   This wide range means that this is the frog many of us grew up trying to catch by hand, … Continue reading

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Mouse Tunnels in the Snow

Winter finally showed up and dropped a little snow, but the temperatures fell much harder.  For the last several days the temperature has dipped below freezing, so what little snow we got is going to stay with us for awhile. … Continue reading

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Common Tern Colony on Lake Butte des Morts Destroyed

The Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) is an endangered “seabird” in the state of Wisconsin.  Unlike gulls, Common Terns are a bit smaller with a sharp bill, and generally built more like a fighter jet than a cargo plane.  They hunt … Continue reading

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River Otters’ Curiosity

Sometimes wildlife is just as interested in you as you are of it.  One September camping trip with the family I was sitting around the fire, but gazing across the lake.  It was late morning, the lake was calm and … Continue reading

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