Tag Archive | Wildlife

A Holly Without Thorns

In sandy woodlands growing in moist soils along the periphery of bogs and wetlands is a evergreen shrub in the holly family that has no thorns. It is Inkberry holly. It lives in eastern North America from Nova Scotia south to Florida where it is often found in dense colonies. Its shiny dark green leaves […]

Who’s That Sleeping in My Feeder?

Who’s That Sleeping in My Feeder?

Anyone who has ever fed wild birds shares the same frustrations as I, when the entourage of neighborhood squirrels wreak havoc at the backyard bird feeding station. The squirrels spill seed, chew feeders, and scare birds away. They are clever creatures and it seems that no matter how well you try to discourage them, they […]

Gentle Giants

Gentle Giants

We have seen them at Sea World and at Disney and even in zoological parks and they are impressive animals, but it is thrilling to see the West Indian manatees in the wild here in Florida. Manatees thrive in freshwater springs, salty bays, and river systems throughout Florida eating plants including sea grasses and freshwater […]

Cultivating a Future Naturalist

“Hi! Hi!”, I hear my 16-month-old granddaughter say excitedly in our Florida room. Wondering who she was talking to, I look into the room to see her face to face with a young eastern gray squirrel that climbed on the window ledge to peer into our house. The squirrel seemed as enchanted to see my […]

World’s Largest Cat

Hunting in the tropical forests and mangrove swamps of southeast Asia, the powerful tiger is a stealthy predator of deer, antelope and wild boar. This nocturnal animal’s striped pattern enables it to ambush wildlife. These cats are good swimmers and can even catch prey in the water. Tigers live far apart from each other requiring […]

World’s Most Endangered Canid

  Wolves have been vilified by humans for centuries from children’s fairy tales – “Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.” – Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf in a sheep’s clothing to the haunting howl of a wolf played in the background of scary shows to werewolf movies. […]

Winter Survival Strategies of White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer do not hibernate for the winter. They do not migrate to warmer climates. These deer weather the frigid winter temperatures and storms through adaptations that took thousands of years to develop. One adaptation is one that all animals developed to survive the cold. In the summer and fall, when food is plentiful, deer […]