Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fox Songs


I live in gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) territory. often, when I come home at night, I am greeted by the fox's bark. If you think foxes are generally quiet, they are. However, it is always a treat to hear the call of a wild animal. In this video, you'll hear several kinds of fox calls from different species. You can see why the scientific name of the gray fox means cinnamon-silver.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Have a look. A client just sent this brief Fox News video about the opening ceremony at a Nature Preserve in Menasha, Wisconsin. It shows a clip of a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an interpretive panel I recently designed for the land trust there.

Trailside Panel created for the NE Wisconsin Land Trust. It's at the Stroebe Island marsh in the Guckenberg-Sturm Preserve.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Photo from National Geographic: Osprey ready to grab a fish.
Ospreys are hawks with specialized attributes that enable them to catch and carry fish. When an osprey dives beneath the water's surface, its long talons and strong toes grab a fish's back, while spiky scales on the undersides of their feet create grip. In this Osprey Catching Fish video, you can watch its great effort to free the submerged wings enough to take flight, and you can see it maneuver it's prey so the fish faces forward in an aerodynamic position. Then, as the osprey clears the water, it'll shake like a dog to release heavy water. All effort must go toward escaping the deadly watery realm with its dinner.