Known for its downward-curving, thin bill and affinity for water and coastal regions, the Ibis is actually a common name used for a number of birds in the family Threskiornithidae. These long-legged birds are waders, preferring to inhabit wetlands where they stand in the sun and use their narrow, straw-like beaks to prod the mud beneath the shallow water for crustaceans.
A common sight in Florida, the American White Ibis makes up a large portion of the coastal birds found in and around the state. These birds function in large colonies, and can often be seen flying and perching in trees or wading in ponds in groups of 20-30 individuals.
No comments, Elise Anderson, November 27, 2015
A longtime symbol of perseverance, patience, and gentle strength dating back to the days of Aesop, the image of the turtle has appeared in art, literature, and religious ceremony for centuries.
Native American animal totem legends depict the turtle as a creature to be revered for its ability to remain grounded and survive harsh conditions, carrying its belongings steadily on its back. The turtle is unique among other animals because of its tendency to inhabit both land and water easily, leading a kind of double life with skills for mastering both walking and swimming. Some ancient religions believed that the world rested on the back of a giant turtle.
In modern times, turtles are still very important to the human population, but our appreciation is no longer rooted in a cultural, religious basis. We see turtles in ponds, crossing roads, and often in magazines, books, and decorative art. With some turtle species dwindling, it’s important to remember, protect, and revere this animal for its beauty and intelligence as well as the benefits it may offer human life.
No comments, Elise Anderson, November 9, 2015
According to a recent publication from wildlife.org, researchers have found that hummingbirds creating nests near hawk territory benefits the young hummingbird survival. Hummingbird nests appearing in greater density near hawk nests is not a new phenomenon, however scientists have been unsure of the reason until now.
A recent study found that blue jays and other birds that typically dine on hummingbird eggs tend to perch at higher elevations when hawks are around, which would make the jays unable to see tiny hummingbird nests at a greater distance.
No comments, Elise Anderson, September 9, 2015