The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Month: April 2014

Flight of the Timberdoodle!

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on Flight of the Timberdoodle! | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Perfectly camouflaged against  leaf litter, the brown-mottled Timberdoodle walks along the forest floor, probing the soil with its long bill in search of earthworms. Also known as the American Woodcock, this little bird lives in young forests and shrubby fields where its coloring and low-profile behavior make it hard to find — except in the springtime. [..Read more]

This Week’s Blood Moon is First of Four

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on This Week’s Blood Moon is First of Four | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Set those alarms and get ready to see an unusually beautiful moon in tonight’s skies! The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur overnight on April 14 – 15 and mark the beginning of an eclipse tetrad – four back-to-back total lunar eclipses.  Over the next 18 months, eclipses will occur at roughly six-month [..Read more]

Counting Cranes: Your Involvement Counts!

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on Counting Cranes: Your Involvement Counts! | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Saturday, April 12 marks the 39th Annual Midwest Crane Count.  Begun in 1976 by the International Crane Foundation, the survey represents one of the largest citizen-based wildlife surveys in the world. Each year, over 2,000 volunteer counters travel to their local wetlands and favorite birding locations to participate in the count which now spans over [..Read more]