Spiny Dogfish – Squalus Acanthias

The spiny dogfish, spurdog, mud shark, or piked dogfish, Squalus acanthias, is one of the best known of the dogfish

Spiny Dogfish General Spiny Dogfish, Squalus acanthias, are small coastal sharks that can be found swimming in large packs. Their genus name translates as “a kind of sea-fish,” an appropriate fit for a species that can be found exclusively in seawater. Their species name is Latin for “a prickly thing,” referring to the characteristic spines […]

American Marten – Martes Americana

American martens, Martes americana, are found in the northern reaches of North America.

American Marten General The American Marten, Martes Americana, also know as the pine marten, is a member of the mustelid family, related to badgers, weasels, mink and otters. They are small, slender mammals known for their soft, shiny coats. The American Marten was widespread across the northeastern United States and Canada until hunting and forestry […]

Bobcat – Lynx rufus Information

Bobcat, a predator that depends on surprise to ambush and kill its prey.

Bobcat, Felis rufus General The Bobcat, Felis rufus, is the most abundant and widespread native wild cat in North America, named for its short tail that has a docked or “bobbed” appearance. The bobcat is an elusive mammal has been forced to become highly adaptive and can be found in a variety of environments because […]

Northern Mockingbird Information

Northern Mockingbird General The Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos, is a common medium-sized songbird perhaps best known for its song. With its large repertoire of songs and capability of mimicking a variety of sounds and other species’ songs, these birds are musical almost to a fault. Laying awake on a summer night, you might be surprised […]

Honeybee – Apis mellifera

One of the most familiar insects in the world is the Honeybee.

Honeybee – Apis mellifera Honeybee By: Jaclyn Costanzo The honeybee is an incredible and often misunderstood insect. Not only do they impact the majority of the world’s agricultural and wild crops and plants, they also exhibit social structures and communication that far exceed what one might expect from such a diminutive species. What the honeybee […]

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird – Facts and Information

ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird General: The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris,) is one of my favorite backyard sightings, due to its brilliant plumage and spirited behavior. Before you can catch a glance, this acrobatic and energetic bird is usually on its way to the next blossom. This hummingbird has the greatest breeding range of all hummingbirds in North […]