Wildlife

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Forest Journal for Sept. 13, 2015

By Jack Savage

You know that we’re on the cusp of a new season when you start hearing people predict the end of time. A few hot days beyond Labor Day surely must be a sign of imminent catastrophic collapse.

Earlier this summer I wrote about bats, specifically wooden bats used by Major League Baseball teams to hit 95 mph fastballs (except the Boston Red Sox, who for the most part have only carried them uselessly from dugout to batter's box and back so far this season.)

During the late summer and fall, coyotes really "yip it up." Despite what you can learn on Youtube, their yips and howls are family communications that have nothing to do with bloodthirsty predators circling for the kill.

There is a common misconception that wild turkeys were once extinct in New Hampshire but have since returned.  Extinction is often confused with extirpation but they are actually two entirely different concepts.

       On one of our recent hot, humid nights, I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and stumbled through the darkness to the kitchen for a drink of water. On my way back to bed, a long, plaintive, screechy sound floated in through the open living room window.

This week on Something Wild we further demonstrate that nature is everywhere…by going inside. We’re at the Currier Museum of Art looking at an exhibit of prints by John James Audubon from about 175 years ago. 

The car crossing a rural NH highway bridge in front of me missed the turtle's shell by eighteen inches. I made a mental note - "turtle in the road, likely a painted turtle... not a snapper, too small."