Wildlife Stories and Articles

Loons on Neal Pond, Vermont

By Super User July 23, 2018

Submission by Michael Gannett


Location: Neal Pond, Lunenburg, Vermont


A few observations about our loons:

We've had three loons for years and years. They have never successfully produced chicks.

Fun Fact: Loons mate for life, returning to the same lake each spring.


Two loons on water


They are approachable by kayak or other water craft, but usually dive when they spot a shore watcher. They usually dive for about two minutes and cover several hundred feet before resurfacing.

Another Fun Fact: Loons are powerful swimmers. They're able to dive up to 200 feet deep for up to five minutes at a time.


loon lift off


Their calls are most frequent late at night. "I'd have loved to record them last night around 10," Mike said. "They put up a real racket, laughing back and forth right in front of our camp."


loon wings

Insulting the Renaissance Painters with Dime Store Canvas Prints!

By Ted Swoboda July 02, 2018

The Renaissance period, which stretched from the late 14th century through the 17th century, was a cultural movement marked by the spread of Latin as a “universal” language, a literature resurgence, and learning based on classical sources. During that period oil painting on stretched canvases became the principal means of creating artwork. Michelangelo, Rafael, da Vinci, Donatello, Giorgione and many other great artists made their mark on the world with oil-on-canvas paintings.

Puzzling: how to stave off “Cabin Fever” through those long, cold winters.

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This is about the time of year when I start thinking about getting Cabin Fever. I’m not ready to get outside yet because, quite frankly, it’s just too darn cold. So there seems to be a distinct period between when the holidays are over and the New Year is underway to the time when we all start thinking about spring. We are not too restless to stay indoors but we are definitely looking for something else to do besides watching TV or playing dominos or solitaire. There is a need to fill this void with something because you don’t want to get cabin fever too early.

Bass Caught at Engagement Photo Shoot

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The day this photo was taken I borrowed my father's bass boat. My better half and I had plans to do our engagement photo shoot on the boat. We made it to the lake 20 minutes before photographer showed up. Thinking ahead of time and being hopeful that would be the story I brought a couple rods with. So launched the boat and tied on my favorite crank bait. On about the 3rd cast I hooked into this beautiful bass. While I was reeling 'er in the cell rang. The photographer was at the boat launch waiting. So quickly took this photo then put the bass in the live well. During the photo shoot we pulled the bass back out. Had a few shots taken with it then let it go. Back to where it belongs.

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Every year my family and I go to the Smoky Mountain National Park. Our favorite place to go is Cades Cove. We get to many black bears, deer and other wildlife there. Our favorite is the black bear. We spend hours at Cades Cove just watching the black bear. It is so fascinating seeing the mother bear and her cubs in the wild. After that we go hiking in the mountains to try and see more wildlife. 

Shed Antler Hunting - What's Next

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Now that deer season has come and gone what will your husband or significant other be up to next? How about hunting for shed antlers? If two solid weekends at Deer Camp wasn’t enough, not to mention all the weeks of “scouting” and “preparing” for deer season, I bet you are thinking we are finally done with this for another year and can we please get on to more important things like household chores and home repairs! Not so fast.

Snuggling 101 with ultra soft Blankets and Throws!

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Today I want to talk to you about some awesome decorative wildlife blankets and throws I found on a recent sourcing trip to the Great Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Now that daylight savings has started and fall is in full swing most of the country finds itself 20 to 40 degrees cooler than it was just a few months ago. This is the time of year when we dig out those blankets and throws so we can snuggle up on the sofa and stay warm while we read a book or watch a movie. Maybe there is even a crackling fire place in the room.

Decorate Your Bathroom With Functional Wildlife Decor

By Ted Swoboda November 16, 2015

Today my focus is on an unpleasant place in everyone’s cabin, lodge, or lake home – the bathroom! Yes I know when you think about impressing your guests with eye-catching nature and wildlife themed décor, the bathroom is not the first place that comes to mind. Even if you do have the bathroom decked out you are not going to go in with your guest to point things out and hope for kudos; that just wouldn’t be cool.

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The Domesticated Man's Guide to Feeding Birds

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How to Survive Seeing a Grizzly Bear at 30 Yards

By Matthew Cowan, Web Developer For American Expedition September 14, 2015

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Memories from Bluebird Trails

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My father instituted a bluebird trails monitor program at our local state park many years ago.  He and I monitored those 60 boxes for 15+ years.  We banded the babies, tracked all bands, fledged the birds, winterized the boxes, and would repeat this every year.  We helped to boost the bluebird population in our area, and worked with other state parks to do the same.  My father was a wonderful ornithology enthusiast, as well as an avid hunter, fisherman, and wildlife photographer.  I love my memories of spending time with him in the great Central PA outdoors. 

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Opening Day

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