Windows on Wildlife Update & Lichen

My apologies for not getting this week’s Windows on Wildlife published. A few things in my life (including my health) had to take priority, and it just didn’t get done.  No worries, it will be back next week with another snappy observation on the wild world. In the meanwhile, here’s a neat pic I took […]

Black Bear Photo

Bears and the Hibernation Myth or, What Bears Really Do in the Woods

I’m sorry to have to be the one to break this to you, but you need to know that bears don’t really hibernate. No, it’s true, they don’t. No, really. Yes, I know that’s what you’ve been told all your life, but I’m here to debunk this myth and shed the light of truth on […]

Wildlife Cam

At the cabin in the Catskills, my folks got a ‘ trail cam’ or wildlife cam to photograph the wildlife around the property. It takes infra red photos on a motion sensor of a given outdoor area, and is a wonderful tool to supplement tracking or censusing data.We were thrilled to discover that the camera […]

Findings from a 10-Minute Nature Break

I’m still relatively new to the world of smart phones; I’ve had mine for just about 6 months now, and I’m still discovering all the ways it’s seeping into my life. I needed a break from my computer yesterday, and went outside for a short nature break. I brought my phone with me (more out […]

An Open Letter to Hunters in the Northest

I spoke at a tracking conference last weekend ( and MassWildlife had a past issue of their publication (from 2009) on display. I was disappointed to find that one of the main articles in this issue was about hunting coyotes – the tricks and tips hunters use to more effectively kill this animal. I have […]

Rewilding – A Conversation on Conservation

The NPR radio show On Point had a re-broadcast recently of a fantastic conversation with Caroline Frasier (author of “Rewilding the World; Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution“) about the concept and progress of “rewilding”: bringing back large areas of wilderness around the globe. An example of this is the Y2Y – Yukon to Yellowstone Initiative. The process of […]

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