Creature Feature

May 17, 2012
Green Darner (Photo courtesy Tim Daniel, copyright 2012)

Creature Feature: Green Darner Dragonflies

green and blue slivers the dragonflies whirl and dart high and low circles The above haiku is one of many about dragonflies, an insect contemplated in […]
February 27, 2012
Black-throated Green Warbler

Creature Feature: Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)

I saw the small bird out of the corner of my eye as it hovered only inches from my head, plucking insects from a budding branch. […]
October 27, 2011
Horned Lark

Creature Feature: Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

"Look. There goes another!"

"No way. How did you see that?"

"Look for the movement."

"I certainly can't see them when they land."

These were snatches of a conversation I was part of as we traveled through the farmlands of Wisconsin in early Spring, running between ponds looking for waterfowl. The subject? That field will-o'-the-wisp, the Horned Lark. We'd see their ghostly forms flitting out into the fields everywhere, but it was a challenge to keep track of them, especially once they landed. This is one of the quintessential open country birds of the Midwest, a bird that livens up even the dullest open farm fields.

January 27, 2011
Tree Swallows - Photo Rodney Campbell

Creature Feature: Tree Swallow

The Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor ) is one of our earliest, hardiest insect-eating migrants. Their scientific name means ‘swift-moving two-colored’ in reference to their quick acrobatic […]