Bluebird Update 5.16.17

We now have three empty nests waiting for occupancy, and three nest boxes which are being used by house wrens. There’s a total of nine eggs in the occupied nests. The Cow Pasture nest box is host to house wrens. There are three eggs in the nest. The Explore the Wild nest box is empty. It has been cleaned and is ready for use. The nest box which is located at the site of the old Bungee Jump has sixRead more

Spring Happenings

Before and after your visit to the Red Wolf Enclosure to see the wolf pups out in Explore the Wild, be sure to keep a keen lookout for some of our local wild fauna here at the Museum. The garden in front of the Butterfly House, the sides of the paths around our outdoor loop, and the Wetlands are host to many a diverse creature waiting for your discovery. Currently, insects, frogs, and birds are stealing the show. Beetles, dragonflies,Read more

Bluebird Update 5.9.17

We’ve had 9 birds fledge since last week, one bird died before fledging, and house wrens seem to be taking over the nest boxes. House wrens have built nests in three of the six nest boxes. The other nest boxes currently contain empty chickadee nests. We’ve only had 2 bluebird nests so far this season, one was destroyed by a house wren, the other fledged three birds. The nest box at the Cow pasture now contains a house wren nest,Read more

Wood Ducks

I’ve seen wood ducks in our wetlands perhaps a dozen times, although they’re probably here more often then they’re seen. Wood ducks are secretive birds and tend to stay hidden among the willows of our wetlands during the Museum’s open hours. On Thursday of last week I heard a wood duck call from the far side of the wetlands. Wood ducks don’t quack, but make various kinds of squeaky, whistling sounds. It’s often the only sign that there’s a woodRead more

Red Wolf Pups and Family

If you were planning to stop by the Museum of Life and Science to have a look at our new red wolf pups, by all means do so. We’ve got our den cam up and running and the pups are visible via the monitor at the Red Wolf Overlook. Both male and female have frequently been seen walking about the enclosure. The male has been spotted delivering food to the female (lab rats). He’s also been observed regurgitating his own food (meatRead more

Bluebird Update 5.2.17

Things change quickly in the bird world. Two of our nests have fledged their birds, two remain empty from previous evictions of their occupants by house wren activities, and two nests are still hosting nestlings. The Cow Pasture nest box, which had its brood of 5 bluebird eggs removed and destroyed by a house wren, is unoccupied. There’s still a bluebird nest in the box, but there’s been no activity for at least two weeks. The six chickadee nestlings in theRead more

New Addition to Museum’s Checklist

There has been much attention applied toward the birth of our red wolf pups, and deservedly so. But, on the same day female red wolf 1858 was pushing out her 6 fine pups, we had a new member sign on to our bird checklist here at the museum, a little blue heron (Egretta caerulea). As some of you already know, little blue herons are not simply “small” great blue herons but rather another species of heron altogether. As adults, theyRead more

Cardinals Fledge!

On April 22, I posted to this blog about a northern cardinal’s nest in a red cedar tree at the Red Wold Exhibit in Explore the Wild. I included photos of the nestlings in the post. Fours days later, the nestlings are out of the nest, they fledged on the morning of 26 April. I was able to get photos of three of the fledglings. They’re posted here for your viewing pleasure. The nest was a bit crowded for the four fast growingRead more