Ever wonder about the frogs and toads we hear singing in the spring? Why do they sing? Are there different kinds? What is their role in the natural environment? And are some populations on the decline?
The days are getting longer. Even though there is a thick layer of white covering everything I can see, there is a hint of spring in the air as the sun climbs higher into the sky each day. I can feel it, and I can almost taste it. Plus there are all of those seed catalogs stacked up on my desk. Could it be time to start planting seeds indoors? Well….maybe!
t’s not too early to start listening for owls calling to each other in the early evening hours. Many owls are setting up territories, breeding, and getting their nests ready in the early spring and late winter. Since owls often respond to tape-recorded calls of other owls, or even to humans imitating owl calls, we thought it might be fun to go on an owl prowl!
Some days, in the dead of winter, it feels like the whole world is hibernating.
But then just a couple of days before Christmas, on an evening in December, I saw an opossum foraging for food in my driveway. And I got to thinking: Which of of our resident critters hibernate, and which do not?
Another hunting season is upon us. It’s the busiest time of the year in my corner of Kalkaska County. Hunting cabins have two or three trucks parked out front. The increase in human population is evident as you walk the streets in Fife Lake. Local shop keepers are happy to see their restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores busy.