Are Skunks good for anything?

Are Skunks good for anything?

Actually, yes, they are. For most people, the only thing they know about skunks is that they stink but they are very beneficial to farmers and homeowners. They eat garden and agricultural pests in large numbers. They feed on larvae, worms, fruit, eggs, reptiles, small mammals, bees, wasps, and fish. So are Skunks good for […]

GRACKLES: They’ll Eat Anything

GRACKLES: They’ll Eat Anything

We’ve all been in parking lots where we feel we’re being stalked by big black birds just waiting for us to drop a morsel of food. What are they? Ravens, Crows, Grackles? If you said Grackles, you’d be correct. Like we said: GRACKLES: they’ll eat anything! So how do you tell the difference? Ravens are […]

New Baby Elephant Born At Houston Zoo

New Baby Elephant Born At Houston Zoo

By: Jackie Wallace

LEARNING THE HISTORY OF THE LADYBUG

LEARNING THE HISTORY OF THE LADYBUG

As a child, I enjoyed having Ladybugs crawl on my hand. I’d try to count the black spots. Women in the Victorian era believed that if a ladybug landed on them, they would get something new. If it landed on their head, they thought they would receive a new hat. On the hand, it would […]

Bird That Says It’s Name

Bird That Says It’s Name

By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center A few years ago, when I took my dog out for her last potty of the night, I heard the most beautiful bird singing. Just a few seconds later, another bird responded with the same beautiful song. I had no idea what species it was but after some research […]

Saving King Cobras in Southern India 

Saving King Cobras in Southern India 

By: Lauren Wappler, Houston Zoo

Baby Giraffe Born at Houston Zoo

Baby Giraffe Born at Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Masai giraffe, born in the afternoon on Mon., Sept. 30. The calf was born to first-time mom, Kamili, behind-the-scenes at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat, weighing in at 128 pounds and standing just over six feet tall. This is also the first calf sired by four-year-old, Joshua. After a two-hour labor, both mom and […]

PURPLE MARTINS MIGRATION

PURPLE MARTINS MIGRATION

Everyone looks forward to the Purple Martins migration each year. Most of us think their arrival means spring is just around the corner. But, at this time of the year, no one really thinks about them anymore. Most people don’t know that they’re very busy getting ready to migrate south. Preparations for migration begin in […]

THE PLASTIC PLIGHT

THE PLASTIC PLIGHT

By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center I’m deviating from my usual articles about local wildlife and addressing an issue that should be important to all of us. It’s the plastic pollution of our oceans. Why should we be concerned?  Plastic is killing our wildlife. Fish, seabirds, seals, sea turtles and marine mammals ingest plastics causing suffocation, […]

Bird Bath Bliss

Bird Bath Bliss

By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center The heat is on! Just like us, birds enjoy and need a clean drink of water and a cooling bath. You can do birds a great service by providing a birdbath where they can drink, bathe and preen. Here is some helpful information regarding birdbaths. Birds aren’t going to […]

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