The Whisker Chronicles

Whiskers are also known as vibrissa, from the latin vibrare "to vibrate". Vibrissa are the specialized hairs on mammals and the bristlelike feathers near the mouths of many birds. Their resonant design is symbolic of the energies, good and bad, that are reverberating throughout the natural world. Every living thing is connected and, by birthright, deserves to exist.

Owl Be Home for Christmas (Written for The Ecotone Exchange)

Text and Photos by Maymie Higgins Sundays are usually the only day I can afford the indulgence of sleeping until awaking naturally, instead of to the incessant beeping of a … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Extinct in the Wild: Guam Rail

Scientific Name: Gallirallus owstoni Historic Range and Habitat:   Most habitats on Guam, including forest, savanna, scrub, secondary grassland, fern thickets and agricultural areas, foraging along field edges and roadsides.  What … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Brown Pelicans: An Endangered Species Recovery Success Story (Written for the Ecotone Exchange)

Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It was a warm, sunny autumn afternoon and I was out for a stroll at my favorite spot on this Earth. October … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Extinct in the Wild: Hawaiian Crow

Scientific Name: Corvus hawaiiensis, also known as ‘Alalā (Cry like a child) Historic Range: The Hawaiian Crow is native to the Big Island and was most populous in upland forests, … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

All photos by Maymie Higgins It is the first Saturday in April and I am sitting at my home office desk. As always, I have my laptop positioned so that … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Mystery of Bird Songs and Calls

“A robin feathering his nest Has very little time to rest While gathering his bits of twine and twig Though quite intent in his pursuit He has a merry tune … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

How To Help The Birds Affected By The Galveston Bay Oil Spill

  1.  Read about the ten bird species considered to be most vulnerable according to Audubon, and about the efforts that will be required to rescue and rehabilitate any birds … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Is That Crazy Bird Doing?!

Every spring, I am presented with stories by friends who want to know why birds are behaving in certain ways.  Or sometimes they just want to explain to me why … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Carolina Wren

Scientific Name:  Thryothorus ludovicianus  Where Carolina Wrens Live:    Southeastern United States, north to Wisconsin and Michigan, southern Ontario, New York, and southern New England in brushy thickets, lowland cypress swamps, … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

Turkey Vulture

Scientific Name:  Cathartes aura The word vulture comes from the Latin vellere, which means to pluck or tear. Cathartes aura means either “golden purifier” or “purifying breeze,” quite a poetic … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Pelican Island: The First U.S. National Wildlife Refuge

Bird feathers are incredible.  They help control body temperature, provide power for flying and come in a wide array of vibrant colors.  Some feathers are so beautiful that they were … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Red-shouldered Hawk

Scientific Name:  Buteo lineatus  Where Red-shouldered Hawks Live: Forests and swamps with dead trees or other perches nearby from which to observe and hunt.  Range includes eastern and northeast United … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scientific Name:  Tyrannus forficatus  Where Scissor-tailed Flycatchers Live:  Savannas with scattered trees, shrubs and patches of brush in the southern Great Plains, south Texas and just over the border into … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Roseate Spoonbill

Scientific Name:  Ajaia ajaja  Where Roseate Spoonbills Live:    Mangrove swamps, mud flats and other marsh type habitat from southern Georgia and Florida, south through Central America down to Argentina.  What … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Hyacinth Macaw

Scientific Name:  Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus  Where Hyacinth Macaws Live:    Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay in semi-open habitats, usually in forests that have a dry season that prevents the growth of a tall … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

How Do You Take Your Eggs?

Eggs.  What comes to mind when you read that word?  I think of my favorite summertime breakfast served on a table with fresh cut roses from my garden.  It’s the … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

American Kestrel

Scientific Name:  Falco sparverius  Where American Kestrels Live:   Open areas such as meadows, grasslands, deserts, parks, farm fields, cities, and suburbs. Kestrels need access to trees for nesting cavities during … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Eastern Bluebird

Scientific Name:  Sialia sialis  Where Eastern Bluebirds Live:    Meadows, field edges, golf courses and other open areas surrounded by trees that offer suitable nest holes or perhaps even nest boxes … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Celebrating Forty Years of the Endangered Species Act: Piping Plover

Scientific Name:   (Charadrius melodus) Year Listed on the Endangered Species List:  1985 Endangered Species Listing Status:   Endangered in the Great Lakes watershed. Threatened everywhere else. Conservation Efforts and Partners:  In … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Day Three of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Arctic Tern

Scientific Name: Sterna paradisaea Where Arctic Terns Live: The Arctic Tern has a circumpolar range, spending breeding season in the Arctic and subarctic regions of Europe, Asia and North

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day One of Twelve Days of Arctic Animals: Snowy Owl

Scientific Name: Nyctea scandiaca or Bubo scandiacus “Nyctea” is Greek for nocturnal (most owls are nocturnal but snowy owls are not), “scandiaca” is Latin and an ancient name for the

December 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

The American Wild Turkey (Written for The Ecotone Exchange)

November 27, 2013 · Leave a comment