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The tiny Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) is one of the first migrants to arrive to Wisconsin in the spring. It gets its name from the beautiful orangish-yellow feathers on the top of its head which resemble a crown. The male's crown is a deeper orange, while the female's is more of a bright yellow. The crowns of both species are lined in black and underlined with a white eyebrow. The head pattern and pale underparts distinguish this bird from the plain face and yellower underparts of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 08:37

Native Animal of the Month - The Killdeer

The Killdeer is a widespread and familiar plover. This hardy, native shorebird can be found living and nesting in a wide variety of habitats from farm fields to grocery store parking lots. They are one of the first spring migrants to return to Wisconsin. The Killdeer prefers wide, open spaced areas where they can easily survey terrain; switching between quick jaunts and abrupt, short rest periods. They are the least water dependent of all shorebirds and prefer areas where they can easily find insect prey.

Thursday, 14 February 2013 09:05

Native Animal of the Month - The Cooper's Hawk

The Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) is a medium-sized, woodland hawk native to Wisconsin. This common accipiter is lanky in appearance, with a large head, long tail and narrow, straight-edged wings.

 

Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:27

Native Animal of the Month - The Coyote

The Coyote (Canis latrans) is a handsome mammal native to Wisconsin. It has a German sheperd-like appearance, with a yellowish coat and whitish throat and belly. Its back has a darker lateral stripe which extends all the way down to the tail's tip. Proportionally, the coyote's ears are much larger than the similar looking wolf. It is much smaller in size however, weighing between 40 - 100 pounds less.

 

Thursday, 13 December 2012 09:00

Native Animal of the Month - The Mink

The Mink (Mustela vison) is a beautiful native Wisconsin animal with lusterous, thick fur. It often has prominent white spots underneath its chin giving it the look of a milk mustache. This round-eared, tubular-shaped mammal has partially webbed toes suitable to its semi-aquatic lifestyle. It is larger than most members of Mustela, similar in size to a marten. Unlike other mustelids however, it does not turn white in the winter. It retains its magnificent dark coat throughout the year and is often easily spotted along streams and ponds in the winter against the stark white backdrop of snowcover.

 

Monday, 22 October 2012 21:37

Native Animal of the Month: Common Raven

The raven (Corvus corax) is a massive black-colored bird with a large bill and near 1 meter wingspan. It can be distinguished from a crow by its long, wedge-shaped tail and shaggy throat feathers.

Monday, 19 November 2012 20:02

Native Animal of the Month: Wild Turkey

The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is native to Wisconsin and should not be confused with its descendent, the domestic turkey.

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