Ruffed Grouse Rhythm

: The beginning of April signals the turning point for this Ruffed Grouse. Mating season is fast approaching and he has this exact location picked out; he is ready to start advertising. By fanning his wings back and forth repetitiously, he creates a low, reverberating song that carries...

Lake Superior Ice

Late Winter, Lake Superior. Not a nice place sometimes. But, taken in the right frame of mind the beauty of the place comes to you. Ice palaces and rocky frozen shores can terrify the inner qualms. Cold, bitter, yet beautiful. Ride the waves of ice-ridden water as the shores of Lake Superior...

Pileated Woodpecker Drumm...

You just can’t beat a good hollow tree. That’s what many of nature’s subjects truly believe. This Pileated Woodpecker, the largest in North America, has found just what he’s looking for–a sturdy, yet hollow tree. He checks out the tree, then everyone around can check out...

Spring Turkeys are here!

Every late winter/early spring, turkeys flock here in the Northwoods. They join into groups of up to 100 birds. Moving about within the flocks, the tom turkeys position themselves for the hens benefit. Watch how this tom moves his tail strategically so each individual hen can notice him as...

Late Winter Chickadee

Frosty mornings are still upon is. Spring is right around the corner, temperatures are beginning to warm. Add occasional moisture on top of the snow and we get beautiful frost on the pines. Birds are feeding constantly, like this chickadee. Cardinals are beginning to sing their spring songs....

Bucks Dropping Antlers

Late winter brings a dramatic change to White Tail bucks. Beginning in late December, bucks lose that year’s antler growth–usually dropping them one at a time in different locations. Occasionally, the larger bucks drop both antlers together. One will fall, and they will shake their...

Ichneumon Wasps

Ichneumon Wasps have over 3000 known species; these of the genus megarhyssa are two of the largest—eight to ten inches in total length. The long whip-like ovipositors on females enable the wasp to penetrate the host wood through small openings in the stump and lay eggs on the resident...

Piping Plovers Banded on ...

Piping Plovers, Charadrius melodus, are an endangered species of shorebird. Every year, during breeding season, groups of volunteers and National Lakeshore Rangers and staff along the shore of Lake Michigan work together caring for these nesting pairs and their chicks. Plover nest sites are...

Birkie Trail & Trek

The American Birkebeiner holds a trek and trail run each fall– a fun event, watch some of the highlights here. Search “Birkie Trail Run” for our clips of this event here on our website, under “stock footage” above. Music-“J. Science” by Derek...

Turkey Vultures and Black...

Eating carrion is a dirty job… thankfully there is help on the wing to perform this most important task in nature. The Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, is the most widely distributed vulture in the Americas and definitely fit for the task. They are easily recognized, as they soar with their...