Northern Mockingbird Information

Northern Mockingbird Recently, on a visit to Long Island, NY, I sat in a kitchen listening to what seemed like a flock of different song birds singing away right outside a window in a holly bush. It was no surprise to walk outside and see a Northern Mockingbird sitting on the top of the bush […]

Fisher – Martes Pennanti

The fisher is closely related to but larger than the American Marten

Fisher Martes Pennanti General The fisher (Martes pennanti,) is a medium sized member of the weasel family (Mustelidae,) native only to North America.  They are striking with their slender bodies and soft dark coats but are increasingly becoming a problem in certain geographic zones where populations are expanding into suburban areas. Description Male fishers tend […]

Nutria Rat – information

Nutria semi-aquatic rodent native to South America originally was brought to the United States in 1889 for its fu

Nutria Rat General The Nutria Rat (Myocastor coypus,) of the order rodentia, is a large, semi-aquatic rodent native to southern South America. It has been described as “a cross between a beaver and a New York sewer rat.”1 Now found on 4 continents, and recognized as an invasive wildlife species in the United States (present […]

North American Porcupine – Information

The North American porcupine is second only to the beaver as the largest rodent native to this continent.

North American Porcupine General The North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum,) is the largest species of porcupine and the only one that can be found in the United States and Canada. Within their range, they are the second largest species of rodent, aside from the beaver. Although not an aggressive animal, porcupines are equipped with a […]

Purple Gallinule – Porphyrio Martinica

the Purple Gallinule can be see walking on top of floating vegetation or clambering through dense shrubs

Purple Gallinule General The Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) sometimes referred to as a ‘swamp hen,’ is a brightly colored bird that can be found gracefully walking across floating vegetation in southern and tropical marshlands. Description Purple Gallinules are chicken-sized birds that reach a mature length of approximately 14”, with a wingspan of 20” to 24”, […]