Creature Feature

May 10, 2016
Bullfrog - Photo Tom Sheley

Creature Feature: The Frog that Ate the Midwest

Bullfrogs. They’re our ideal mental image of a frog: squat, slick, and green, with big eyes and a loud croak. They make homes in all our man-made habitats: […]
March 1, 2016
Eastern Screech Owl: Red Phase - Photo Tom Sheley

Creature Feature: Screech Owl (Otus asio)

“We’re leaving during the day, but I can give you a few pre-dawn hours. I might know where some Screech Owls are lurking.” With those words, Dave Horn […]
February 26, 2016
Osprey - Photo Tim Daniel

Creature Feature: Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

We knew the birds were there, long before we could see them, mostly from the noisy begging by the juveniles. We were near several Osprey platforms with […]
November 1, 2015
Beaver feeding on plant materials - Photo Lindsey Krause

Creature Feature: Beaver (Castor canadensis)

Imagine an Ohio awash in wetlands. Every stream with slow, willow-choked meanders, most rivers with meadows and pools, all without human intervention. This was how the state […]
September 1, 2015
Red-shouldered Hawk on snag

Creature Feature: Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

I was gazing out at the bird-feeder when the hawk cruised in. As the birds scattered, I expected the usual Cooper’s Hawk, but was startled when a […]