Leaving Home

The two chicks are very close to leaving the nest. The mother and father are still hanging around, but they are not spending much time in the nest because of space issues.

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Nesting Behavior

by Prevost and Rogers The Great horned owl is by far the most common owl in the Americas; they derive their name from the plumicorns on their head that resemble horns. We have been studying a family of great horns. We have never seen the two (male and female) together but we know they are... Continue Reading →

Signs of Spring

  by Adams and Anders Upland Chorus Frogs (Pseudacris feriarum) have a variation of color palettes, but commonly brown to grey with a pinkish cast. Adults range from 0.75 inches to 1.5 inches, with females usually being slightly larger than males. They are often hard to track to a precise location because the pitch of... Continue Reading →

Owl Update

  Last year's Barred owl female. Was this the victim? by Prevost We went to look for owl pellets and whitewash in an attempt to study the barred owl pair. We have not been able to find them near last year’s nest. The beginning of our walk was overcast and storms threatened. We began our... Continue Reading →

Signs of Intelligence

Procyon lotor, the northern raccoon, is an interesting animal found all over Statesville. Raccoons are usually nocturnal and omnivorous, meaning they are equal opportunists when it comes to eating. The percentage of invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants that they consume are almost evenly distributed. At the greenway, we have seen raccoon tracks along the bank of... Continue Reading →

Hide and Seek?

I recently visited the great horned owl's nest to see if I could detect any evidence the owl is hanging around again. Last January, an owl used this abandoned crow's nest to raise two chicks. When I got under the nest, I heard a crow begin to "bark" really loud. It took me about ten... Continue Reading →

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