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Combined with a goldfinch's small size, plump shape, and twittery flight notes, the roller-coaster flight makes these birds easy to recognize.
"I hate the reliance of the shark tournament on expensive boats, expensive gear, and the climate-trashing combustion of vast quantities of fossil fuel."
Mistakenly maligned as an allergen in late summer and early fall, goldenrods actually serve many positive purposes.
Color plays countless roles in the natural world, and vastly enhances our enjoyment of nature.
I worry that this bizarre butterfly pattern is a symptom of some large-scale, fundamental ecological shift.
And it's sad to think of the impacts the decline of these important animals has had on human well-being.
The Island probably represents the closest this excellent reptile has to a stronghold in the state.
Most of these interesting arthropods are harmless, indeed beneficial, to humans, and they help maintain ecological balance.
Parents have just a few weeks to bring their offspring to independence, fending off countless risks in the process.
Little is known about where willets winter, how they migrate, and how our coastal population is related to a second population that nests on the northern plains.
Knowing the habitats of these excellent butterflies will help you notice them in the first place.
They may be small and inclined to hide, but insects are fully equal to birds as quarry for the careful observer.
I've always augmented my memory with written records, especially when working on a specific project.
Flightless and strongly associated with horticultural plants, this species surely didn't get here on its own.
Bird song is everywhere, now, and the number and diversity of birds singing seems to increase every day.
Bright red males are unmistakable, but even females are eye-catching and a cinch to identify.
The bluebird is welcome for its song, its role in controlling insect numbers, and above all because of that blue.
A green lawn and beds of non-native ornamentals benefit the lawn and garden product industry more than native wildlife.
In early January, chickadees begin to chime in; later in the month, they're joined by house finches, and as February proceeds, song sparrows tune up.
Prolonged cold, especially when paired with snow cover, represents a sort of ecological bottleneck, killing many individuals.