Postcards from a Freegan Raccoon

By | 2017-09-24T00:49:35+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Blog, Mammals, Pacific Northwest, Urban Wildlife & Nature|

I love seeing raccoons in daylight, just to observe the behaviors which normally evade us at night. Contrary to popular mythology, seeing a raccoon in the daytime does not mean they are rabid. Raccoons can carry rabies, but animals with rabies exhibit other symptoms. This time of year, we see raccoons even more often in the afternoons as they forage, often to support a growing family of kits. Mother raccoons will look after their young for a year or so.

North American Beaver … Eating Lily Pads Like Enchiladas

By | 2017-09-24T00:47:51+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Blog, Mammals, Pacific Northwest, Wildlife|

Beavers are vegetarians, and lily tubers are a favorite foodstuff. Because beavers are crepuscular (loving the twilight), you'll see them most often at dawn and dusk, which accounts for the predictable in-time of this beaver family.

Truth and Ambivalence in Photography

By | 2017-09-24T01:58:25+00:00 July 9th, 2013|Animal Behavior, Bird Species, Blog, Herons and Egrets, Pacific Northwest, Sea Scale Snail, Seattle +, Wildlife Ethics|

As a volunteer in a wildlife hospital, the training involves detachment — because you will let go. Whether it is through the rehabilitation and subsequent release of the animal, or through that animal’s death, the relationship ends, as it should, when the animal is freed to his or her rightful destiny. Everything from objective language to silent, limited interaction with the patients is part of that process.

Sleeping With the Fishes

By | 2017-09-24T02:04:11+00:00 June 16th, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Ospreys, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

This isn't the first time I've seen an Osprey napping with a fish in his talons. Last year, while observing the platform way across Seattle's long-abused-but-recovering Duwamish River I watched a male Osprey land on a utility pole, clutching a half-eaten meal. A crow who'd been tailing the Osprey, landed alongside. The Osprey perched, adjusted -- then appeared to doze off.