Wildlife Matters

Smart & Unappreciated: the Raven

Nov 16, 2017

One of the smartest birds in North America is also one of our least appreciated. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist shares some information about the raven.

Migrating Hummingbirds

Nov 9, 2017

Have you ever had someone tell you hummingbirds ride south on the backs of geese in the fall? In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist looks at this charming, albeit false, old wives’ tale.

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 don’t hitchhike their way south. They migrate like many other bird species. 

Plan Your Hunt, Hunt Your Plan

Nov 2, 2017

It is easy to let our modern electronics lull us into a false sense of security today, even when in the woods. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about planning your hunt, and hunting your plan.

Unusual Mammal Observations

Oct 26, 2017

Color peeping and hunting in the fall results in a lot of wildlife observations. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist gives a few examples of unusual wildlife observations that come in especially in the fall.

Red Lanterns

Oct 19, 2017

Have you let the red lanterns light your way this fall? In this episode of wildlife matters, the Masked Biologist shares some excerpts from an Aldo Leopold essay about grouse hunting in autumn.

It is October, and the red lanterns of autumn are lit. If you are not familiar with the red lanterns, it is a reference to one of Aldo Leopold’s essays in his book, Sand County Almanac.

Chipmunks

Oct 12, 2017

Chipmunks are a common sight here in the Northwoods, but how much do we know about them, or pay attention to them? In this episode of wildlife matters, the Masked Biologist takes you on a voyage of chipmunk discovery.

Constructing Brush Piles

Oct 5, 2017

If you own a property with some trees or brush and would like to tinker with wildlife management, take note of today’s episode of Wildlife Matters. The Masked Biologist talks about brush piles for small mammal habitat.

When Problems Arise for Loons

Sep 28, 2017

The loon is an iconic Northwoods wildlife species, and this time of year it can get into some trouble—sometimes due to human activities. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist looks at some of the troubles encountered by loons.

Looking Back on Year One

Sep 21, 2017

History has taught us that we can prepare for the future by examining the past. In this week’s episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist looks back at a full year of episodes, and asks for your feedback.

Whip-poor-wills

Sep 14, 2017

Have you heard the distinctive call of the whip-poor-will? The Masked Biologist takes a closer look at this interesting member of the nightjar family in this episode of Wildlife Matters.

The Value of a Buck

Sep 7, 2017

What’s a buck worth today? In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines why a dollar bill is referred to as a buck and what a buck was worth when the phrase was coined compared to today.

Fish Bait Reflections

Aug 31, 2017

You never know what will trigger a childhood lesson to spring to mind, or when. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist reflects on childhood memories of collecting fish bait with his uncle.

Hunting & Gathering Locally

Aug 24, 2017

Are you somewhat of a locavore? Many Northwoods residents are. In this episode of Wildlife Matters the Masked Biologist points out the benefits of hunting and gathering locally.

Renewable Resources: Wild Rice

Aug 17, 2017

We have a lot of natural renewable resources here in the Northwoods—some you may think about, others you may not. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist takes a closer look at one important resource that might be easy to take for granted.

Big Foot in Wisconsin?

Aug 10, 2017

Bigfoot. As soon as you heard that word, you probably thought one of two things—either you believe they exist, or you don’t. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist delves into the world of cryptozoology and the ceaseless hunt for sasquatch.

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