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To Photograph a Drumming Grouse

To Photograph a Drumming Grouse

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Ruffed Grouse drumming. Photo © Allen Shank. — Allen’s Story — Thump- thump- thump b-b -d-d-d-d-D-D-D-D-d-d-d-d-d. I sat upright in my chair. There on the...

Exploring Nature, March 2024

Exploring Nature, March 2024

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Woodcocks are doing their courtship displays. Listen for their loud peenting or beeping at dusk on warm evenings. Grizzlies come out of hibernation in mid...

Study Guide Puzzles, February 2024

Study Guide Puzzles, February 2024

I was deep in the forest, hiking with a friend and my camera. In the snow were the tracks of a bobcat. I was delighted. Bobcats are such beautiful animals, and I wished to see one. They are so...

Favorite Focus, December 2023

Favorite Focus, December 2023

Ruffed Grouse. Photo © Lois Tschetter. Bald Eagle. Photo © Brandon Hollinger. Black-capped Chickadee. Photo © John Leck. Blanca Lake. Photo © Nathan Leinbach. Frost patterns on soap bubble. Photo ©...

Exploring Nature, October 2023

Exploring Nature, October 2023

Bull elk. Photo © Dreamstime.com. The elk are still bugling. Brown and brook trout are spawning. Wild ginseng is ready for harvest. Check local laws. Bobwhite Quail live in coveys from autumn to...

My Walk

My Walk

Spruce Grouse. Photo © Jessica Tschetter. It’s early May. Summer is now installed, and so is the itch to find and photograph summer wildlife—in me anyway. The sunny afternoon seemed an ideal time to...

Thump, Chirp, Thump—Gobble

Thump, Chirp, Thump—Gobble

Ocellated Turkey. Photo CC-BY-SA-4.0. Several high-pitched chirps with accompanying low “thumps” split the gray light of the early Mexican morning. They soon blended into a series of pulsations...

Turkina

Turkina

Wild Turkey hen. Photo © Linda Lombardo/Dreamstime.com. My nephew and I were in the field behind our old house, when suddenly he pointed up the field and asked, “What’s that?”I looked in the...