Every fall, more than 10,000 humpback whales migrate from the north Pacific Ocean to the Hawaiian Islands (smart whales!). That journey of over 3,000 miles brings them to warmer, shallow waters to breed. Some mate during this time, with “competition … Continue reading

Emperor Penguins

We humans could learn a few things from emperor penguins. In addition to being doting parents and extremely hardy, emperor penguins are a model of teamwork. These large, flightless birds live in Antarctica where wind chills can reach -75° F. … Continue reading

Christmas Island

Christmas Island, a territory of Australia, sits in the Indian Ocean. In addition to the spectacular scenery of the island and the azure water surrounding it, Christmas Island is known for its crabs. More specifically, for the migration of millions … Continue reading

Leaf-Cutter Ants

If you’ve ever seen a parade of leaf-cutter ants marching their harvest back to the nest, it’s a sight to behold. But that magnificent sight is only one small part of the story. Those worker ants marching along may be … Continue reading

A Raft of Ants

Like many people, I’m not a big fan of ants, especially those that find their way into my house or fire ants that bite and sting. But when I learned how fire ants survive a flood I couldn’t help but … Continue reading

Migrating Geese

I remember Canada geese flying in a perfect V-formation over our house every fall when I was a kid. In my memory, this always happened on a Sunday; we’d hear them approaching because of the honking and go outside to … Continue reading

Red-Tailed Hawk

While on a walk the other day, I came across this bird having lunch. Not a good day for the mouse, but a great one for the hawk. We see these hawks a lot where I live, but not often … Continue reading


Today is a day to celebrate recycling! It is indeed an odd thing to celebrate, and yet it is an important one. Believe it or not, there are still many, many people in the United States who do not recycle … Continue reading


On a recent hike, I walked through an area with a very distinct smell – skunk. And based on the stench, it seemed recent, though we were hiking during the day and skunks are nocturnal. Still, it was a powerful … Continue reading

National Bison Day

It’s quite likely that the holidays marked on your calendar don’t include National Bison Day. Well, it’s coming up, the first Saturday of November. So mark those calendars! It is a day to celebrate the role bison play in our … Continue reading