Category: The Wild Life Blog

The Tree Swallow

Species: Tachycineta bicolor                      Order: Passeriformes Chrissy Bowker of Texas (who, yes, also happens to be my mother) asks, “What’s this animal?” The bird in the picture above is none other than the Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor….

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How To: “Life-Size” Eagle Nest Display

Sometimes understanding something is as simple as putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, or in this case, nest. I spent a summer working as a Park Ranger for Gull Lake Recreation Area in Brainerd, Minnesota for the US Army Corps of Engineers. While there,…

Living with Raccoons

You’ve got to hand it to them. Raccoons are some of the most resourceful and opportunistic creatures out there. They, like us, are omnivores. Meaning they’ll eat basically whatever they can get their tiny little hands on. Their size and their incredible dexterous hands…

The Ultimate Minnesota Waterfall Roadtrip

Minnesota’s glacially carved landscape is marked with countless remarkable natural features, including some of the best waterfalls in the country. No matter the season, it is worth the trip. You can do this road trip in two ways: 1) Start south of Minneapolis at…

The Mystery of Zebra Stripes Solved

Listen to an extended version of the full interview in the video below: The mystery of zebra stripes has long been a subject of debate, at least since the days of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace. Now, thanks to Dr. Tim Caro, a professor of…