Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation

Even More on Rattlesnake Relocation

Dr. Erika Nowak from Northern Arizona University commented on my last rattlesnake blog on relocating rattlesnakes, and provided the following info – so I thought I would provide it as a separate blog.

In a nutshell, if you must relocate rattlesnakes (which is preferable to the alternative of killing them) – relocating them close to their original range improves their survival chances. [Read more…]

Our Backyard Brethren: Recent Wildcam Photos

Our Backyard Brethren: Recent Wildcam Photos

I took a hiatus with our Bushnell wildlife cameraOur Bushnell Trophy Trail Camera, but have put one up again the last couple months in 3 different places to track our wildlife visitors.  Thought I would post a few photos of what’s been in our yard, plus what’s been waking up my husband most early mornings as it goes through the gate next to our bedroom. [Read more…]

More on Relocating Rattlesnakes – including a research bibliography

More on Relocating Rattlesnakes – including a research bibliography

A reader and nature appreciator, Gary MacGrumbley from New Mexico, responded to my earlier article Rattlesnakes! Relocating them works just fine, saying there was not enough evidence to say that relocating rattlesnakes worked. I checked in with rattlesnake expert Dr. William Hayes who I had interviewed and he provided the update below, along with a complete bibliography on the subject.

Dr. Hayes said the following:

“As I stated and Linda wrote, snakes do travel more the first year after release and suffer higher mortality, but many do survive and settle down in time.” [Read more…]

Our Welcome (and not welcome) Nature Guests

Our Welcome (and not welcome) Nature Guests

Our housesitter called when we were away to say that we hadn’t told her about our unexpected friend. At dusk she had walked out onto the back patio and discovered a 5-foot gopher snake slithering along the house. Knowing our respect for critters, she successfully whisked it away with a broom. We hope it stays around. After all, gopher snakes eat lots of rats and other rodents, which also seem to like our yard. [Read more…]

Saving Wildlife: Keep Cats Indoors (and Other Suggestions)

Saving Wildlife: Keep Cats Indoors (and Other Suggestions)

First a full disclosure: I have had both an indoor cat, and an outdoor cat who used to bring me ‘goodies’.

Yesterday I came across a half-eaten bird kill caused by a cat I’ve seen stalking our bird-friendly property. It made me think of some research The Secret Life of Roaming Cats I heard on NPR in August. Working with the National Geographic Society, University of Georgia researchers strapped small video cameras on 55 cats as they roamed [Read more…]

Finding Nature in Cabo San Lucas

Finding Nature in Cabo San Lucas

We recently stayed at a timeshare (Hacienda del Mar) in Cabo with friends — and discovered a bountiful nature scene following the heavy rains that hit the area the last few weeks. The answer: in addition to the rich marine life among the rocks, go find the native plants, which we found next door to the resort, nestled around the golf course. The photos below tell the story about what I’ll remember most:

Get Out of Your Car on Road Trips and… What Arizona’s Monsoons Bring

Get Out of Your Car on Road Trips and… What Arizona’s Monsoons Bring

Vultures taking advantage of the hundreds of sphinx moth caterpillars crossing the road, Colorado River toads, noisy grasshoppers and gorgeous sunsets….

I took a trip to Arizona last week, and happened to time it with the last days of Arizona’s monsoons.  When I lived in Flagstaff I relished the annual monsoons, those afternoon showers that hit every July though September. [Read more…]