Author: Gerry Rising

Michael Noonan and Gerry Rising

A New Website for Niagara Frontier Birders

Two regional birdwatchers, Mike Noonan and Gerry Rising, each of whom have had a long history with the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, have recently completed a series of...

Virginia Rail

Rails

Rails have rightly been called shadow birds. Both species that occur here regularly, the Virginia rail and the sora, are small — barely robin-sized — chubby, drab-colored birds that lurk,...

Baby Red Squirrel, Photo by Bob Hazen

Red Squirrel

My quiet early morning is suddenly interrupted by a staccato churring cry. After screaming at me, a red squirrel dashes along a downed log and up onto a stump. There...

One of the 3300 North American species of ichneumon wasps.

Ichneumon

Some years ago Mrs. John Cottrell of Chaffee showed me a huge insect she found on a maple tree trunk in her yard. Measuring it I found its body to...

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

The Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

In summer walk a short distance south along Swallow Hollow Trail and listen for a thin buzzy series of high-pitched notes coming from the trees over the boardwalk. If you...