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It is winter's beginning, but still the cold temperatures, lack of blooms, and absence of sweet smells of flowers or falling rain have some yearning...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    February 1, 2018

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Birds have two legs but some species commonly stand on just one leg, usually to rest or warm the other one.   Recently, when an immature Eagle flew...

 

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It is uncommon to hear a winter day, one with a cloudless, blue sky, particularly after a snowfall, being described as a bluebird day.  But that is...

 

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Like many woodpeckers, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker males and females differ by the amount of red on their heads.  Females have white throats and red...

 

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There is more than meets the eye when peering at a chunk of potential furnace wood.  With a sledge and wedge or a mechanical wood splitter, the...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    November 9, 2017

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The white-tailed deer mating season is undoubtedly the best time to be a deer viewer or photographer.  Bucks, in particular, are now most active, at...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    August 31, 2017

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Wisconsin's Timber Rattlesnake population is a protected wild animal group, meaning the snake cannot be collected, dead or alive.  Of course,...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    July 27, 2017

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Three organisms are now working together to make some birds sick enough to vomit.  Common Milkweeds are beginning to bloom.  This increases visits...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    July 20, 2017

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Most birds, large and small, function better with dry feathers.  Very few birds fly for cover when it rains though.  As soon as the rainfall...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    June 29, 2017

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An early fledging Bald Eagle, hurried by a windstorm in mid-June which put the bird on the ground, unable to fly far or high.  The bird remained for...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    June 1, 2017

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House Finches have been received by most feeders more so than another visitor who stayed with us.  This finch, sometimes confused with a Purple...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    April 6, 2017

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High on some outdoors enthusiasts lists is searching and finding shed antlers.  Yes, deer have antlers, not horns.  Antlers drop annually and...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    March 30, 2017

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Fox Sparrows are somewhat non-descript, but in flight their rufous tails show and that may be the origin of the connection to a fox, or at least a...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    March 16, 2017

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Female Cardinals are as attractive, some say even more so, than the all red males.  She is a bit more subtle with her tannish and subdued red...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    March 2, 2017

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Icy coating all that is outdoors can be a daunting sight.  But it can also have a calming influence.  Instead of twigs, wires and metal being sharp-appearing and pointy, the ends of these objects...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    February 9, 2017

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When temperature and sunlight are favorable in February, maple tree sap begins to flow in a tree's wood, just inside the bark.  If there is a...

 

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Glowing animal eyes can be eerie, but also quite interesting if we try to determine whose eyes are there shining back at us.   Many animals who are...

 

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Wisconsin's smallest tree squirrel carries a name often incorrectly applied to our fox squirrel.  The true red squirrel is a miniscule image of the...

 

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Few things in nature are as uncommon as a double banana.  The cause is unclear but someplace along the flower and subsequent fruit development, one...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    August 25, 2016

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Calling out a plant name while walking with a companion in high vegetation or remote rustic areas may bring the same reaction as yelling "fire" or sim...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    August 18, 2016

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Hummingbirds are to be marveled.  So small and yet so energetic. Their tenacity would have made their name befitting a product, say a battery or...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    August 11, 2016

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Antlers, the boney structures deer, elk and moose, produce anew each summer are a reason why so many people admire Wisconsin's white-tailed deer....

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    August 4, 2016

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Albinos and partially white members of most species attract more attention than the pigmented forms.  White coneflowers, although not completely...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    July 28, 2016

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Staying cool is as much a mental as it is physical.  Tree shade works wonders to cut the heat index by 20 degrees on a sunny day.  Other animals...

 
 By Jerry Davis    Sports    July 7, 2016

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Wild mushroom seasons are changing, as are plant flowering dates and corn planting times. Climate change? Probably. The fly agaric mushroom, a...

 

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