White-tailed Deer

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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Mammals at Isaacs-Greene Preserve

By Jason Beale, Manager, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center I set out to the Delaware Nature Society’s newest natural area, the Isaacs-Greene Preserve, with the intention of getting some photos of deer scrapes and rubs to write about their annual breeding season, the  rut.  However, as it often happens in nature, other discoveries present themselves as …

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Parent’s Day: Welcoming New Babies

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator Everywhere you look at this time of year, there are baby animals.  Fledgling robins beg for worms from the fenceposts, poster-cute cottontail bunnies test out their legs on the lawn, and the local farmyards bustle with little lambs, calves, and piglets.  On a Father’s Day birding trip with my father, …

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What’s the Rub?

By Helen Fischel, Associate Director, Education Once the rain subsided last weekend, I ventured out to my Delaware Nature Society-certified backyard habitat to begin the fall clean-up.  I was surprised to find several trees that were rubbed by deer in the side yard. Ugly scars in vertical stripes adorned the trees. Since the damage was only …

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