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So far Jennifer Landin has created 16 blog entries.

Invasion of the House Finch

Once upon a time, House Finches (Haemorhous mexicanus) only lived west of the Rocky Mountains. Then, in 1940, a group of captive birds flew to [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:44+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|

Gnarly Trees

Branches of the live oak (Quercus virginiana) loop and twist their way toward openings in the forest canopy. Many branches sag down to the ground [...]

By | 2015-03-30T14:16:32+00:00 March 30th, 2015|

Cold Feet, Warm Heart

Raleigh has had a fit of cold, snowy (and icy) weather this week. So while I watched this snow-covered Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) swim around [...]

By | 2015-02-27T15:49:16+00:00 February 27th, 2015|

The Fashionable and Practical Turkey Vulture

Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) remind me of 16th century European royalty (you know those “ruffs” they wore around their necks?). That regal appearance results from [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:46+00:00 January 22nd, 2015|

Who’s in My House?

Tiny rustling noises arise from our kitchen garbage can. I tip-toe up to it and out pops a little fuzzy face with a twitching nose. [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:52+00:00 January 13th, 2015|

Talking Turkey Parts

The male wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), weighing in at around 20 pounds, is one of the largest birds in North America. By comparison, many domestic turkeys [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:53+00:00 November 26th, 2014|

A Study in Scarlet

No doubt you’ve been wowed this autumn by the crimson colors of the red maple (Acer rubrum)! This tree, native to eastern North America, has [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:53+00:00 November 10th, 2014|

Spooky Spider

I love Halloween. It’s the time of year when I can leave all the spider webs up around the front stoop and call them decorations. [...]

By | 2014-10-30T18:09:43+00:00 October 30th, 2014|

A Tale of Two Hemlocks

I have never poisoned anyone. I recently learned that if I were to try, I would be very bad at it. The hemlock I thought [...]

By | 2014-10-22T10:36:04+00:00 October 21st, 2014|

Warts & All!

Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire, burn; and cauldron, bubble. Shakespeare’s witches open Macbeth by tossing a toad into their cauldron, along with parts of [...]

By | 2014-10-08T11:16:19+00:00 October 8th, 2014|

Ferocious Beauty

Carnivorous plants have turned the tables on food webs. Rather than insects munching on plants, these plants chow down on insects. The “traps” of yellow [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:55+00:00 September 25th, 2014|

Nothing Gold Can Stay

The American goldfinch (Spinus tristis), like many animals, changes colors over the course of a year. In the summer, male goldfinches dress in bright gold [...]

By | 2014-09-08T10:00:57+00:00 September 8th, 2014|

Mushroom Musings

With last weekend's rains, mushrooms have sprouted up all over Raleigh yards, neighborhoods and parks. The above is a composite sketch of all the beautiful [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:57+00:00 August 7th, 2014|

Squirrel Sketch

If you live on the East Coast, I bet you encountered at least one eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) during your regular comings and goings [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:58+00:00 July 28th, 2014|


Follow that trail of slime to an amazing creature. It walks on one foot, perches two eyes way over its head, and has a saddle [...]

By | 2015-01-12T16:00:13+00:00 June 25th, 2014|