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The Wild Life of the Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth

Order| Lepidoptera Species| Lycomorpha pholus Uh-ah, you know what it is—the Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth! “Wait, black and yellow? They’re clearly orange-er, right?” Who knows what they were thinking. One thing’s for sure though, mimicry is their flex. As caterpillars, when they spend most of their time munching on a symbiotic snack of lichen, they texturally … Continue reading The Wild Life of the Black-and-Yellow Lichen Moth

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The Wild Life Book Club

This is the official book club of The Wild Life | Blog & Podcast! Each month, we will pick a new nature and wildlife-related book to read together, discuss, ponder, and geek out about! We’re a community, so we’re always welcome to new ideas and suggestions, whether they’re book suggestions, discussion topics, or whatever else they may be!

May 2020|The Feather Thief: BEauty, Obsession, and the natural history heist f the century

On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London’s Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin’s obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin’s, Alfred Russel Wallace, who’d risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness.Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

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Hike With Us

The Wild Life is working in partnership with HIKEHoppers, a central-MN based non-profit organization whose vision is to connect "people to nature through hiking events, educational learning experiences, and wellness services, in order to support healthier and happier communities."

On the second Saturday of each month, you can join experienced naturalist, nature nerd, and creator/host of The Wild Life, Devon Bowker (@devonthenatureguy), on a series of themed hiking adventures focused on forging connections with, and learning about, the natural world around you. On these hikes, you'll discover the social network of trees, nocturnal life, what wild lives are doing as the seasons change, and how you can become a master birder---even in the dead of winter! Of course, any other questions or curiosities you have along the way are fair game, too!

On occasion, resident hiking expert and tip guru, Chelsea Bowker (@teacherwhohikes) will also be tagging along!

Here is a list of hikes scheduled for the remainder of the year. All hikes are at Stearns County, MN parks.

You can register at hikehoppers.org

March 14, at 1:00pm - Warner Lake: Leave it to Beavers

April 11, at 1:00pm - Quarry: Earth Day

May 9, at 1:00pm - Kraemer Lake: Tiny Nature

June 13, at 1:00pm - Warner Lake: Dragonfly Discovery

August 12, at 1:00pm - Quarry: Technology & the Outdoors

September 8, at 1:00pm - Rockville: Bugs and Blooms

November 14 Rockville: Hidden Creatures Special Time: 7pm

December 12, at 1:00 pm Warner Lake: How to make a Snowflake