Hummingbirds arrive a month--sometimes two--early this year; some never left

Hummingbird at American Museum of Natural History by By Ed Gaillard Ed

In the last week hummingbirds flew into IL, NY, PA, OH, MD and even Ontario, way ahead of schedule. Freakishly, many fragile hummingbirds spent all winter up north.

Keep reading Hummingbirds arrive a month–sometimes two–early this year; some never left

Share/Save

Russians will send you a tame fox puppy for $4k–or $7k if they handle the paperwork

fox pup

For $7,000, a company will get you a tame fox, product of a famous Russian breeding experiment into domesticating animals. You can get one directly for $4,000, but you have to manage all the exotic animal licenses.

Keep reading Russians will send you a tame fox puppy for $4k–or $7k if they handle the paperwork

Delmarva squirrel needs land; flying squirrel needs pines;

Delmarva Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus) / Special to News Journal/KEVIN FLEMING

Delmarva squirrels need land; PA squirrels need pine and a tour of other animal news

Keep reading Delmarva squirrel needs land; flying squirrel needs pines;

Hunter shoots Assateague wild horse; Yellowstone wolf poisoned by banned compound

Wild Horse Grazing

Hunters shot and killed a 28-year old mare on MD’s Assateague National Sea Shore. 1080 poison was what killed a Yellowstone wolf that wandered to CO.

Keep reading Hunter shoots Assateague wild horse; Yellowstone wolf poisoned by banned compound

Why Assateague is Way Better than Chincoteague

Assateague Island National Seashore, MD, Wild Ponies

Wild ponies live on Assateague, a barrier island divided into a good side (Maryland) and a bad side (Virginia). Oh, Virginia will call you–with bombastic billboards, then the impossibly scenic seaside Chincoteague. But cover your ears and keep driving to Maryland.If you do get lured to Chincoteague you’ll find, alongside the cute cottages, lots of mini golf courses and a shabby pony attraction. Chincoteage residents are such cheapskates that rather than pay taxes like the rest of us for a fire department, they have a volunteer one and the fund it by auctioning off the wild ponies each year. Viriginia is not for dog lovers. On the way to their side of the island, they have a huge sign, no pets allowed, NOT EVEN IN YOUR CAR. The townspeople claimed it was very important rule. “The dogs could hurt the endangered species.” The ponies? Really? And if it’s not the ponies, if this is just another piping plover situation, why all the fuss?Somehow when the ponies walk to the Maryland side, where dogs are allowed in and out of cars, they seem to do just fine. Maryland was very friendly. The ranger told us she’s never been to the island without seeing ponies. Sure enough, we saw ponies right away on the road in. Some were galloping in the bay, others mobbed by tourists on the roadside. Jolly’s reaction? None. Pony reaction to Jolly in the car? None.Maryland even let us take

Keep reading Why Assateague is Way Better than Chincoteague