Winter Is Coming: Where do the frogs go?

Winter is coming, what happens to the animals that have no fur and can’t produce their own body heat?  Frogs and other amphibians fit in this category.  Frogs are ectothermic, which means that they can’t produce their own body heat.  Some people refer to them as cold-blooded, but this is inaccurate.  Since frogs can’t produceContinue reading “Winter Is Coming: Where do the frogs go?”

Nudis: The Naked Truth

Dawn slowly emerges over the coastal horizon, spilling rays of light over the rocks and tidepools dotting the ocean shoreline.  The world slowly wakes up with the occasional calls of sandpipers and gulls growing more frequent.  The rolling crash of the low tide waves against the rocky shore creates a rain of mist forming rainbowsContinue reading “Nudis: The Naked Truth”

The Asexual Life of Brittle Stars

You may have heard the term “asexual” before.  There are two very different directions you can go with the term “asexual”, either asexual reproduction or asexual orientation.  One of these terms people can be, the other… not so much.  The one we are going to talk about here is asexual reproduction, the one humans cannotContinue reading “The Asexual Life of Brittle Stars”

Life and Leaves

Well hey there!  I know I have been slow to post, but I have an excuse (you can decide if it is good or not).  I took on a part-time job teaching at a college near me.  This is in addition to my already full-time environmental conservation focused job. Of course my opinions here areContinue reading “Life and Leaves”

Happy Father’s Day: Wildlife Facts

Happy Father’s Day to all of the father-like figures out there.  I was definitely more of a Daddy’s Girl growing up.  My Dad taught me how to fish, play sports, and would read books to me (Choose your own Adventure, Hardy Boys… etc).  We took the UTV out on our farm land, which we convertedContinue reading “Happy Father’s Day: Wildlife Facts”

Frogs, They Are A-Changin: a story of metamorphosis

Amphibians (frogs, salamanders, and caecilians) go through a process of development called metamorphosis.  They are the only vertebrates (they have a backbone) to complete true metamorphosis although some fish, such as zebrafish (Danio rerio) go through a partial metamorphosis too.  That said, many species of marine invertebrates (no backbone… or bones at all) go throughContinue reading “Frogs, They Are A-Changin: a story of metamorphosis”

Beat of the Stream

I wrote this in 2012 while spending time in nature at Schmeeckle Reserve in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  There is a wetland area called Moses Creek that was renovated in 2010.  Since the renovation had been completed it was one of my favorite places to go to escape into nature.  It was so easy for meContinue reading “Beat of the Stream”

Nyctinastic Maneuvers in the Dark

Plants can and do move!  Aside from growth, some plants can move in response to the environment around them.  One of the coolest movements, in my opinion, is nyctinastic movements.  By definition: Nyctinasty – (Nic-ti -nasty), is a type of movement where plants close their leaves at night and open them during the day (1,2).Continue reading “Nyctinastic Maneuvers in the Dark”

To Amphibian and Beyond! What Actually are Frogs and Who are Their Amphibian Friends?

I’ve written about amphibians before but what actually is an amphibian? What makes a salamander an amphibian and a lizard not an amphibian? Lizards are reptiles, by the way. The Naming System Humans have created a naming and categorizing system for all living things. It is called scientific nomenclature.  It starts with a very broadContinue reading “To Amphibian and Beyond! What Actually are Frogs and Who are Their Amphibian Friends?”

Only You Can Help the Scientists through Citizen Science!

Do you like hiking or walking outdoors?  Do you enjoy watching birds at the birdfeeder?  Do you enjoy the beauty of all the wildflowers?  Are you fascinated with space?  Do you like knowing the water in your nearby stream is clean?  Do you want to make a difference for our planet?  Then become a CitizenContinue reading “Only You Can Help the Scientists through Citizen Science!”