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The RoVing Naturalist – Oh rats! … and the future of humanity

By Dennis Prichard Recently my wife and I were on our way to Texas to volunteer at a national wildlife refuge. We stopped for the...

The RoVing Naturalist: Uncommon crows

By Dennis Prichard Ever since I was a youngster I have been fascinated by crows. Something about their behavior has struck a curiosity in me...

The RoVing Naturalist – Tracks in the snow

By Dennis Prichard It doesn’t snow very often where I live, so when it does I relish getting out in it and seeing what all...

‘Tis the season … for mistletoe

The RoVing Naturalist By Dennis Prichard A starling flew to a branch of an oak tree and began scraping the sticky fruits from its beak. Seeds...

Hey, Turkey! A history of the wild turkey in North America

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Hey, Turkey! Ol’ Ben Franklin sure didn’t know what he was talking about when he suggested the wild turkey for our national...

Immerse yourself in nature … Volunteer!

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard When I strike out with the fifth-wheel, most of the time I am seeking a new adventure in nature. I like...

Mudbugs – Yum!

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Imagine a nighttime invasion of the RV park lawn by strange, ten-legged creatures with external skeletons, globular eyes rotating on the...

Chasing monarch butterflies

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard This last Saturday found seven other citizen scientists and me chasing around in open fields trying to catch monarch butterflies. “What...

How long do animals live?

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Animals' Ages How old do animals get? That is a good question – one that’s not easily answered. Different methods are used...

Learning by the firefly’s light

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Most every child has gone out into the still summer night air and wondered about those flashing specks of light above...

Brilliant and remarkable hummingbirds

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Almost every RV I see has a hummingbird feeder around it somewhere. These feisty creatures are a load of fun to...

The dragons of summer

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard After a brief but heavy summer rainfall, my two sons and I watched winged termites boil from the ground floating slowly...