Category: Wildlife

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,...

Photo Caption: Prescribed burn at Iroquois NWR (Paul Hess, USFWS)

Hot Burning In A Wet Habitat

You may notice a black field on the west side of Hwy 63 near Iroquois NWR. That is because on May 22nd a crew of 15 wildland firefighters performed a...

Poison Ivy Plants

Nature Matters: Poison Ivy

It’s just scratching the surface to know that poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) causes a blistery itch. The sap, or oil, that poison ivy produces is called urushiol which is a...

fisher (Martes pennanti)

Fishers

A fisher (Martes pennanti) is no measly weasel. The largest member of this family is making a comeback in New York State. Once nearly eliminated in all of the U.S....

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...

Heron Nests

2018 Heron Nest Surveys

Did you know that herons nest in colonies that are called rookeries? Well, technically they are called heronries, but that term has never really caught on in the U.S. A...

Black-necked Stilts are common in the states of Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, where they reside year-round, but extremely unusual for western New York

Black-necked Stilt at Iroquois!

On the sunny spring morning of May 8, I set out to do some birdwatching at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. I arrived at the Cayuga Pool sub-impoundment known as Kumpf...