If you're reading this right now, you might be realizing that we're about to be playing a game of semantics (systematics, rather). For many, if it looks like a Spider, that's all they need to know to shiver in disgust and engage in fight, freeze, or flight. It may be pretentious to dwell on the … Continue reading When a Spider isn’t a Spider
TWL Hiking Club|The Always Adorable, Sometimes Vicious, Shrew
It's #TWLHikingClub Tuesday! To continue our series on often less appreciated critters, this week we are talking about the always adorable, and sometimes vicious, shrew.
Best of The Wild Life 2018
As 2018 comes to a close, here are some of the most read, most popular, and other top moments from The Wild Life throughout the year. #TheWildLife
It's Sunday, which means #SundayFishSketch . This week, travel back to the time of dinosaurs to discover the Xiphactinus. #SciArt
#SundayFishSketch Goliath Tigerfish
If there is any fish that lives up to its name it's the Goliath Tigerfish---a truly gigantic African predator with razor sharp teeth. The largest on record weighed over 150 pounds at nearly five feet in length. For perspective, that's two German Shepard's stacked on top of each other, or a welterweight fighter---and a fighter they certainly are.
This Ghostly, Parasitic Plant Survives by Hacking the Wood Wide Web
A random find while hiking that lead to a life history story that was unexpectedly fascinating.
Mud-Puddling: The Dirty Truth About Butterflies
Ever have a butterfly land on your skin and start licking you and thought "Awe, I've got a new best bro!" Well, you were wrong. Butterflies have a dirty secret!
Gulls and the Concrete Sea: Why do Seagulls Love Parking Lots?
Most know them as seagulls, a name which implies a proclivity for life at sea. Yet this familiar moniker is neither accurate (scientifically speaking), nor seems to fall in line with a universal observation---gulls love parking lots, whatever their distance from the salty sea
Carrion my Wayward Beetle
This is circle of life---or at least an ugly, albeit necessary, curve of it. This is the life of the American Carrion Beetle.
More than a Long Neck: 16 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Giraffes
Who doesn't love Giraffes? Yet, despite their international love and viral webcam footage with thousands tuning in to watch their birth, there is much about them that is unknown by the masses, which is a shame because they are truly fascinating animals with a multitude of fun facts about them. Here are 16 things you probably didn't know about Giraffes.
TWL Hiking Club: Why Devil’s Lake State Park is a Fierce Competitor for my Favorite Park
There are only 77 so called “Last Great Places” in the world, according to the Nature Conservancy. One of them is in the land of cheese and Packers fans. Here's why Devil's Lake State Park is a fierce competitor for my favorite park.
Golden Eagle or Immature Bald Eagle? Here’s How to Tell
It can be hard to tell. Here are some tips to help you get the right ID.
TWL Hiking Club: Richard’s Story from Enchanted Rock
This week, we have a story from Richard Bowker, co-host of The Wild Life, about his trip to Enchanted Rock.
It’s Turtle Time! How YOU Can Help Turtles Cross Roads Safely
This time of year, it's common to see turtles crossing roads and trails. Here's why and how to help them do it safely!
The Electric-Light-Loving, Scuba-Diving, Toe-Biting, Giant Water Bug
Toe-Biter, Electric-Light Bug, Alligator-Tick; people have come up with many names for the fascinating critter. It's actual name is perhaps the most boring---the Giant Water Bug. They are the largest of the 'true bugs' and belong to the Belostomatidae family of insects.
Not a Lemur, Nor a Cat. This Raccoon-Like Critter is a “Clever Fox”.
That adorable creature is none other than a Ringtail, Bassariscus astutus. No, not like a lemur---though the resemblance is uncanny.