We don’t often get snow in December, that usually happens in January or February in our rather mild section of the continent. Even then, it’s rarely a huge amount of snow, although it doesn’t take much frozen precip to bring us to our knees here in the south. But, that’s another story. When it snows here, and if you like snow, like to look at it and play in it, you’d be wise to go out and take advantage ofRead more

The People

In February of 2015, I posted a collection of photos of the Museum staff. There were seventy some photos. This post is a follow-up to that with both familiar as well as a few new faces. But, not everyone on staff is included. Some folks don’t like to be photographed. And, you would have had to have made a trip to the outdoor exhibits to be seen by the lens of my camera. So, you may not see yourself inRead more

What’s That Smell?

If you’ve been parking in the lot just west of the Museum (Edison Johnson) you may have noticed a strong smell wafting through the air upon exiting your vehicle. The fragrance, or odor, is coming from a plant growing along the east edge of the parking lot, a sprawling shrub known as thorny olive (Elaeagnus pungens). As the Latin name suggests, it’s a powerful smell, a bit too much for my liking, but most folks think it pleasant. If theRead more

Fall’s Final Fling

Fall’s tenuous grip on the season is slipping away. Last week and this will likely be the final act in autumn’s show of color. Enjoy it while you can. A perfect day for a walk, don’t you think?Read more

Male and Female Red Wolves

Our male red wolf finally came out into view long enough for me to snap a few photos. I wanted to get a couple of shots of the wolves standing side by side, for identification purposes. Unlike the last pair of red wolves, who have only been gone a little over a week, our new pair have markings that are very similar. I wasn’t able to get the shots I wanted, but for now, I’ll take what I can get.Read more

Red Wolves Have Arrived

Our new red wolves have arrived. As of this morning (11/16) only the female (#2062) was out and about in the enclosure, cautiously getting used to her new environment. She spent an hour or so familiarizing herself to the smells, sights and sounds of her new digs. The male (#1803) is still in the kennel area, apparently a bit reluctant to wander out of his travel crate. He will surely be out in the enclosure soon. Come on down andRead more

Before We Red Wolves Leave

As you may already know, the red wolves, the entire family, are scheduled to leave us for the Wolf Conservation Center in New York on 13 November. Before they leave, as does happen from time to time with animals who wander into their enclosure, they took out a raccoon. Our adult male (#1784) is shown here gnawing on the unfortunate victim. Good luck in New York, 1784 and family.Read more

Mergansers Are Back!

The first hooded merganser of the season arrived in our wetlands on Halloween. On November 1, there were four mergs. There are currently six, two males and four females, swimming and diving in the wetlands. Enjoy!Read more

Robins and Berries

You may have noticed numerous American robins about your lawn and shrubbery lately. They’re on the move. Flocks of these common birds are sweeping through our area. To most, robins are synonymous with earthworms. Who hasn’t witnessed a robin wrangling a worm out of the ground on a spring day? Truth is, besides the lowly worm robins eat plenteous fruit. If you happen to see robins swarming around a particular tree in your neighborhood, that tree may be loaded withRead more

The Fall

If you’ve been wandering around out-of-doors lately you my have noticed it’s fall, a great time to be out and about. Besides the leaves ablaze in the trees, there’s much to be seen and enjoyed on a walk along you’re favorite trail. Here are photos of some of what I saw on a trip around the outdoor loop through Explore the Wild and Catch the Wind here at the Museum of Life and Science on one fine fall day. Depending uponRead more