Animal behavior

Weekly “What is it?”: Juvenile Bats

They named him “Lestat.” But unlike his bloodsucking namesake, the little Seminole bat clinging to the bricks of a campus building was purely interested in mama’s milk.  Later on, he will develop a taste for insects, as his mother teaches him to fly and capture bugs on his own. I was introduced to the young …

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Weekly “What is it?”: Killdeer

Twice in the past week, I’ve had the pleasure of running across the charming killdeer (Charadrius vociferous), a species of bird related to the endangered plovers often found on area beaches.  While they may also live near the water, killdeer are commonly found inland.  Killdeer have several identifying features, including short bills, brown and white bodies, and two …

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