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A Backyard Insect Safari

July 23, 2018

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Too often we think that we have to go to a far country to see fantastic animals. However if you extend your gaze towards the insect world you may find a remarkable menagerie right in your own backyard. Here are some examples from my own yard in Boone, NC, during a month-long period in mid-summer. […]

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The Mystery of the Disappearing and Reappearing Green Anoles

July 7, 2018

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  Most who live in SW Florida will have noticed in their yards a very common small lizard, the brown or Cuban anole. It is an exotic species which has long been established here. The males extend a colorful orange/red dewlap while doing “push-ups” to establish territorial dominance. Brown anoles are now an important food […]

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Life Thrives at Wildflower Preserve

June 26, 2018

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      Although Wildflower Preserve in Englewood, FL, has in the past been one of my favorite areas for nature study, it has been in an extended hiatus for visitors during ecological restoration, and is only now in the final stages of wetland creation/restoration. Yet life there continues to astonish the senses at every […]

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Life at High Altitude is a Wonder

June 23, 2018

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    My wife and I visited Grayson Highlands State Park (GHSP) in VA recently and marveled at the diversity of life at high altitudes and how it differs from that at lower elevations. Conditions are much harsher as one approaches the peaks of mountains, and climates approximate those that occur much father north. Thus […]

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Small Fierce Predators Stalk Greenway Park

June 13, 2018

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    Hundreds of people use the beautiful Boone, NC, Greenway Park daily for recreation and likely do not think about the myriads of small predatory interactions that occur there among the resident animals. Indeed if you were the size of their prey you would definitely not want to be anywhere near these creatures. Insects […]

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