Monthly Archives: July 2014

Striped Skunk

As of 3 May 2014, it seems that skunks are alive, well, and on the prowl in the roadside habitats of the marsh areas of the Cheyenne Bottoms WMA, Great Bend, Kansas.  I suspect that nesting birds and their eggs will be on the menu.     I guess it is fortunate, in some circumstances,... Continue reading »
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Kansas Wetlands Education Center – III

When circumstances will allow, KWEC staff members lead visiting school students on exploratory forays into the pool habitats behind the center.     Dip nets, rubber boots, and enthusiasm seem to be the primary requirements.     Assorted aquatic organisms, such as crayfish, “bugs”, and snails, are sought out and captured in an interesting and... Continue reading »
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Multiple Trunks on Willow Trees

For some woody plants, the phenomenon of multiple trunks arising from a common root system is considered to be a structural adaptation to wetland environments.  Willows, along with maples and alders among others, commonly exhibit this multiple trunk character.     For some time, however, I have thought that these multiple trunks may be more... Continue reading »
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Who Am I?

Here is a tree squirrel observation from the Eufaula area in southeast Alabama.     Your options are: 1) an eastern gray squirrel; 2) an eastern fox squirrel; or, 3) a southern flying squirrel.  However, to make things easier, you can be pretty sure that this lady or gentleman is not a flying squirrel.  ... Continue reading »
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Wetland Notes – Plus

As part of an on-going crowd funding campaign to update and improve my Wetland Notes system, here is an opportunity for you to vote for your favorites as I work on developing a couple of new sets of my copyrighted watercolor-based note cards. When the responses reach a certain level, my plan is to have... Continue reading »
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Tank Cannons

I am familiar with several of the older styles of US Army tanks, but I have no idea what to call this monster.  Based on the length of the cannon, maybe it was designed to fire from the US mainland and land shells on the next continent.  Can you imagine having to swab the tube... Continue reading »
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Modern Day Bison?

For some time now wildlife biologists and range scientists have been investigating how to use cattle grazing schemes to mimic the ecological effects of historical bison grazing in the prairie landscapes.  One of their stated objectives is to benefit grassland birds by managing the distribution and intensity of cattle grazing.     “Cow, plow, fire,... Continue reading »
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Glossy Ibis – Alabama

This one lone dark wading bird caught my attention from a distance such that I glassed it to verify that it was an ibis.  Even if it flew off before I got into better range, I knew it had to be either a glossy ibis or a white-faced ibis.     When I got as... Continue reading »
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Kansas Wetlands Education Center – II

The KWEC visitor center is sited and oriented to maximize opportunities to view the wetland complex south of the building.     The outdoor sidewalk space and the indoor hallways with floor-to-ceiling windows are arranged with a semi-circular amphitheater motif to accommodate small to large audiences during both winter and summer conditions.     The... Continue reading »
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Glossy Ibis – Maine

While bird watching on 22 April 2014 at the Scarborough Marsh area located 8 to 10 miles southwest of Portland, Maine, I saw a couple of flocks of glossy ibis feeding in the marsh.  Depending on the whims of the birds, approximately 100 glossy ibis foraged in a couple of flocks, or aggregated together into... Continue reading »
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