Monthly Archives: November 2011

Source or sink?

In the ecological community, one way to think of sources is as habitats or sites which provide adequate resources and conditions such that selected organisms can prosper, reproduce, and add to the population.                        On the other hand, sinks can be thought of as areas that attract organisms away from real source areas, but... Continue reading »
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Thunder Lizard

Last night I found a green anole lizard in the bottom of my kitchen sink.  Realizing that its chances for capturing bugs for prey in my house would be slim, I decided to capture it and release it outdoors.  This is not an uncommon occurrence for me so I eased around and snatched it up... Continue reading »
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Coot migration – the mystery solved?

If flocks of coots do utilize the railroad cars for their migration activities, they apparently do it on the sly as no credible reports exist for such activities.  One also has to wonder what the “riding the rails” coots did before the north-south tracks were developed?  Oh well.                One of my hunting buddies... Continue reading »
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Loblolly Pine in a Greentree Reservoir

Finding a large, apparently healthy loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) growing in a bottomland hardwood stand of willow oaks (Quercus phellos) and overcup oaks (Q. lyrata) flooded annually as a GTR for wintering waterfowl wasn’t the last thing that I expected to find in this habitat, but it certainly was low on the list. This pine... Continue reading »
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Coot Migration – Some Initial Thoughts

Have you ever seen a sky filled with flying coots as they migrate?  I have seen flocks of ducks and geese as they fly to and from feeding sites and resting areas, and as they migrate southward in big waves.  I have not, however, seen any real flocks of coots on the wing.             Duck... Continue reading »
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What Has Happened Here?

Except for the concrete cylinder in the channel on the right side of the photo, everything looks “natural” here.  The presence of this cylinder, however, should prompt some questions, such as: 1) how long has it been here; 2) how did it get here; 3) why is it still here; 4) where did it come... Continue reading »
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