Temperatures are dropping, and as we move closer to winter many species are migrating south.
In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about the different ways birds make the trip.
My mom always used to tell me that hummingbirds traveled south for the winter riding on the backs of Canada geese. While this is a charming and compelling tale, the fact is that these little birds migrate the same way all other birds do – they fly.
An Antigo wildlife rehabilitator says the recent case of several ospreys dead in Bayfield County is a rare situation.
Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says last month her rehab center took in an adult male osprey that had been shot in the wing. Authorities soon found the ospreys’ abandoned nest and its two chicks.
“When the bird didn’t come back, the youngsters started calling loudly, doing food begging calls. They were not old enough to leave the nest by themselves, and finally ended up jumping from the nest just in desperation to be fed.”
As many of us in the Northwoods are being driven crazy by mosquitoes, loons are being harassed by blackflies.
High numbers of loons are having trouble staying on their nests this year due to a surge in a certain kind of black fly that only targets loons.
Walter Piper, a researcher from Chapman University who has been studying loons in the Northwoods for twenty two years, says it’s the most abandoned nests he’s ever seen. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Piper about what that means for the loon population.