Month: November 2011

Bucks in a Rut

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator November in the world of the white-tailed deer is full of excitement and purpose.  The shortening of daylight triggers a surge in testosterone in the male deer (bucks) and the onset of estrous (breeding condition) in the females (does).  Mother Nature times this event carefully so that 6 months …

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Ruby-crowned Kinglets: Feathered Wind-up Toys

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator A Ruby-crowned Kinglet shows off its namesake reddish crown spot while perched at Ashland Nature Center. Image by Derek Stoner, October 23, 2011. The Ruby-crowned Kinglet  is a tiny sprite of a bird, and is our second-smallest native bird (surpassed – or under-passed – by the Ruby-throated Hummingbird as …

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