Windows on Wildlife: More Coyote Scat

Welcome to the 34th edition of the Windows on Wildlife Blog Carnival! If you have a recent post or photo about wildlife you’d like to share (it can be anything: birds, insects, mammals…) scroll down to the end of the post and add your site. I will compile and post a summary of all additions the following week. Please don’t forget to link back here and visit other blogs in the carnival. Thanks for stopping by!

Coyote Scat

I’m still baffled at the popularity of coyote scat. My site runs on WordPress, and at the end of 2012, they gave site owners a ‘year in review’ of stats from their blogs. By far and away, my posts on coyotes scat were the most popular articles last year. Can anyone shed light on this?

I actually would have shared this photo regardless, because I found it fascinating (yeah, I know…).  All the white  bits are pieces of bone – some of them were huge! And I didn’t think to take measurements, but the diameter of this scat is pretty impressive – it’s clearly aged and lost mass, making me wonder about the size of the animal that left it behind.

Do you have a wildlife post or photo? Share it in the link-up below!


Wordless Wednesday: Sign Collection Part 2, Frost Free Library

I photographed this sign because I think it’s absolutely beautiful, and you don’t see signs made this well very often (it’s made out of granite). I really don’t know what a Frost Free Library is, though; I assume that they’re assuring us the temperature never drops below 32°F in the library…


Marble NH Sign

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday

Skywatch Friday: Hazy, Hot and Humid

We were in the Catskills in mid-July during the second heat wave that hit the northeast and lasted for weeks (it felt like weeks, I don’t really remember how long it was). The sky in all my photos from that weekend are a flat, hazy grey instead of the crisp blue that we usually see up there:

Cabin and gray sky

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Wordless Wednesday: Sign Collection Part 1, Babies ‘R Small

For the next few Wordless Wednesdays, I thought I’d share some of the photos of signs from my collection. If I’m feeling ambitious, perhaps I’ll put together a gallery of signs for a final WW post in the future…

babies r small

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday

Windows on Wildlife: Firefly Watch 2013

Welcome to the 33rd edition of Windows on Wildlife! If you have a recent post or photo about wildlife you’d like to share (it can be anything: birds, insects, mammals…) scroll down to the end of the post and add your site. I will compile and post a summary of all additions the following week. Please don’t forget to link back here and visit other blogs that have articles to share. Thanks for stopping by!

Last summer, Oldest Son and I participated in Firefly Watch, a Citizen Science project through the Museum of Science, Tufts University and Fitchburg State College. Participants share weekly data collected from their own backyards. We’re gearing up (a bit late, but…) to contribute again this year.

From the Firefly Watch webpage:

The Museum has teamed up with researchers from Tufts University and Fitchburg State College to track the fate of these amazing insects. With your help, we hope to learn about the geographic distribution of fireflies and their activity during the summer season. Fireflies also may be affected by human-made light and pesticides in lawns, so we hope to also learn more about those effects.

I don’t get to do much ecological monitoring work anymore, so participating in Citizen Science projects is an awesome way for me to feel connected to larger science projects going on around the country. And I love that it’s a fun way to teach my son about research and volunteering.

If this project sounds interesting, or you’d like to learn more about participating in Citizen Science projects (most  don’t require any prior experience) visit my friend Michelle’s blog – Rambling Woods. She has a great compilation of Citizen Science Projects and links – see if any of them sound appealing to you and/or your family. Have you ever participated in a Citizen Science project (Christmas Bird Count, Project Feeder Watch and Frog Watch USA are some of the better known ones)? If not, would you consider it? Let us know in the comments!

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Another Jennifer shared some photos of her at-home ‘wildlife’ – cute, cute, cute!  Helen at The Wandering Albatross has a fascinating account of her time in the Amazon Jungle. Meghana at Around the World posted video on Seal watching near Norwich(UK).  Rob Graumans at the Young Socrates shares some thoughts on the differences between humans and cats.  Donna on Palawan posted a wonderfully informative article on pangolins, and Mariam at the Byoutiful Blog has a terrific post on hummingbirds that’s a must-read even if you think you know these birds!

Thanks to all our contributors this week!!  Share your wildlife posts and/or pictures below.


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