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How to Help a Bird that has Collided with a Window

  Windows and birds are a lethal combination. Birds of all kinds, including hummingbirds, see a continuation of the forest reflected in a window, particularly at certains times of day and location of the sun; and they unwittingly fly into it. They do not see or recognize clear glass as a barrier. A severe head-on collision…


Discarded Fishing Line Kills Wildlife!

Little thought is given to snipping monofilament fishing line line when it gets tangled in shoreline trees and shrubs, or when it becomes snagged on submerged vegetation. A typical response is “Darn, that was my favorite lure!” BUT THE PROBLEM IS MUCH BIGGER THAN THAT Monofilament fishing line is by far the most dangerous kind…


Dr. Ellen’s Anhinga Rescue Story

On the Friday of a recent long Labor Day weekend I noticed a Florida Anhinga sitting on a post of my Rainbow River dock with something wrapped around his beak. This particular Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) is one of the ‘regulars’ that like to fish from my dock, and I was immediately alarmed by what I saw….


A Black Bear Cub Rescue — Closeup!

A friend called me one blistery March day about a tiny bear cub that was sitting on the side of the Foothills Parkway in East Tennesse, looking lethargic. I lived at the time at the higher elevations in Blount County, TN and was close by, plus she figured I would know, if anyone would, what…


Tourists and the Protected Yorktown Onion

One morning I rose at dawn to find my way in a dense fog to Yorktown, Virginia via the beautiful Colonial Parkway. The Colonial Parkway connects the historic triangle regions of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. BTW, if you have never driven that route you are missing out on a magical experience. At that time of…


Are You Black Bear Smart?

* Black bears (Ursus americanus) are forest dwellers that most people love but know almost nothing about. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected habitats for them in the Eastern part of the United States, and bears are a major attraction for the Park’s nearly 10 million annual tourists, many…