The Forest Tent Caterpillar

Species: Malacosoma disstria      Chrissy Bowker of Texas asks, “What’s this animal?” The caterpillar in the picture above is none other than the Forest Tent Caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria. They are commonplace in the eastern regions of US and Canada. Down in Texas, populations are sure to be booming this spring due to the warmer than average…… Continue reading The Forest Tent Caterpillar

Eco-Break S1E2: The History of Life on Earth, Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXvW95F-lYU 14 billion years ago, the universe as we know it didn’t exist. It was smaller than an atom and more hot and dense than anything we could imagine and then…BANG! The Big Bang, in less than a second, the most fantastic mess of all time was made, expanding outward to create the wonders of…… Continue reading Eco-Break S1E2: The History of Life on Earth, Part 1

3 Ways to Get to Mailbox Zero

I have seen this image in different incarnations and I laugh every time because it speaks so much truth. Me? I can be both. I have a tendency to allow emails to build up, especially if I know they are junk mail, and have a twice weekly purge session to get rid of the annoying…… Continue reading 3 Ways to Get to Mailbox Zero

The Northern Cardinal

Species: Cardinalis cardinalis                     Order: Passeriformes Chrissy Bowker of Texas asks, “What’s this animal?” The bird in the picture above is none other than a young Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis. This one in particular is very young, presumably a recent fledgling from the nest. Hatchlings leave the…… Continue reading The Northern Cardinal

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. The Tree Swallow is an insectivorous, migratory passerine bird that breeds in…… Continue reading The Tree Swallow

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, I did weekly interpretive programs as any park ranger does, but…… Continue reading How To: “Life-Size” Eagle Nest Display

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 make breaking-and-entering your home/garage/shed/chimney/doggy door a simple task. To many, they…… Continue reading Living with Raccoons

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 Vermillion Falls in Hastings, or 2) Start at Wolf Creek Falls…… Continue reading The Ultimate Minnesota Waterfall Roadtrip

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 wildlife biology at the University of California-Davis, we finally have our answer.…… Continue reading The Mystery of Zebra Stripes Solved