As a passionate naturalist, wildlife tracker and ecologist, one of the most foundational skills I ever learned was how to observe the difference between coniferous and deciduous forests.Most people already know how to identify coniferous and deciduous trees by comparing the major differences in leaf structures.Coniferous trees like fir, spruce and pine trees have needle-like leaves that … [Read more...] about What’s The Difference Between Coniferous And Deciduous Forests? (with photos and analysis)
Have you ever had a chickadee land on you while walking in the woods? Well, you wouldn’t be alone!Chickadees have gained a reputation among songbirds for being some of the most friendly creatures in the forest. But have you ever wondered why?Chickadees who have regular contact with humans in parks and on hiking trails become less fearful of our presence and sometimes even … [Read more...] about Why Are Chickadees So Friendly? (4 simple reasons…)
A key factor in every animal’s survival is finding enough water to keep their bodies strong & healthy.For this reason, animals have many different strategies for finding & using water from the environment, and it’s a great way to gain insight into their behavior.Most modern humans would have no clue where to find enough clean water in a survival situation… so how do animals do … [Read more...] about How Do Animals Find Water? (includes mammals, birds, reptiles & differences in the desert)
Woa, look at all those crazy crows! Why are they swarming like that?One of the most striking displays of crow behavior is when crows gather together in massive groups at the end of the day.These flocks can grow to as many as hundreds or even thousands of crows, which really makes them stand out in the environment.So if you’ve ever seen this massive influx of noisy black corvids, you … [Read more...] about Why Do Crows Gather At Sunset?
One of the amazing things about hawks is their huge variety of different strategies for hunting and catching prey.Some hawks hunt by soaring high over open landscapes as they watch for unsuspecting prey animals below. Others will choose a silent perch at the edge of a meadow, then swoop down at just the right moment.There are even hawks that specialize in hunting birds on the fly, swerving … [Read more...] about How Do Hawks Hunt?
I’ve been interested in the relationship between weather and animal behavior since I first started studying nature as a teen.Wild animals are constantly outside, being affected by changes in cold, heat, rain, snow, wind & dry conditions.This presents a great opportunity to gain deeper insight into the lives of local wildlife, and learn some amazing things about our … [Read more...] about How Does Weather Affect Animal Behavior?
Have you ever seen that weird head bobbing movement owls make?Recently I've had multiple people describe encounters they had with owls bobbing their heads.And it just so happens I caught some great video footage of young Barred Owls doing this exact head bobbing while learning to hunt crickets in the yard.So I figured this is the perfect opportunity to talk about why owls bob their … [Read more...] about Why Do Owls Bob Their Heads?
Raccoon tracks are some of the most common footprints found in north america.These masked bandits love to hunt for tasty morsels along the edges of creeks and wet areas where they have no fear of getting their feet muddy.Raccoons are also a common visitor of garbage cans and compost bins, leaving plenty of opportunities to track raccoons close to home.Because they’re so common, knowing … [Read more...] about How To Identify Raccoon Tracks
Before the invention of modern forecasting, humans knew how to predict weather by looking at clouds.So on my quest to learn ancient survival & awareness skills, I decided to investigate what clouds can tell us about the weather.To predict weather with clouds, you simply have to look at observable patterns like cloud size, cloud shape, altitude, vertical depth, and color shading within … [Read more...] about How To Predict Weather With Clouds
Have you ever wondered how birds communicate with all those amazing sounds they make?Many years ago I began studying birds to better understand what messages they might be sending around the forest.After much study and personal research, I’ve discovered there are some pretty fascinating things to know about what birds are saying.Birds communicate with vocal sounds like songs, companion … [Read more...] about How Do Birds Communicate?