Cardinal on Snowy Branch

The Great Backyard Bird Count

What was the first sound you heard when you woke up this morning? (After the alarm, of course!) If your household is quiet, chances are it was birdsong. Gordon Hempton, an acoustic ecologist who records sounds of our natural world, shares that humans have a “very discreet bandwidth of super sensitive hearing, which falls between […]

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Eastern Gray Squirrel in Snow

Yay for Squirrels!

Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day! For those of you who aren’t familiar with this holiday, it was founded in 2001 by Christy McKeown, a wildlife rehabilitator in Asheville, North Carolina. The concept is very simple: on January 21st, people can show their appreciation for these little critters by leaving out a little extra food at […]

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Meet the Turtle Lady!

Every year there are some unusual guests at festivals, schools and libraries throughout Ohio: turtles! Turtles, that is, of every shape and size, along with a few assorted friends: bearded dragons, corn snakes, geckos and more. They stroll around in fenced areas and tubs, providing children and adults with the chance to see turtles up […]

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Common Eye Problems in Cats and Dogs

Cats and dogs can develop a variety of maladies associated with the eyes and surrounding structures. Below is an overview of some of the issues that can arise in our cats and dogs eyes as well as how we as pet owners can identify if there is a problem. Eyelid Disorders There are a number […]

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Resolve to Help the Animals in 2015

It’s that time of year… Resolution time! Time when we reflect upon the past year, think about the future, and start to make commitments about the upcoming year. Since you’re reading this article, I’ll assume you’re interested in animals and helping to improve their lives. Volunteering for animals can be one of the most rewarding […]

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Ohio’s Endangered Barn Owl

Almost everyone is familiar with the classic image of a Barn Owl. The heart-shaped face with the large round eyes, the  tawny body, and the adorable “smiling” expression they make when they sleep. But how much do we really know about these animals? Despite their secretive nature, biologists have been able to learn a lot […]

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10 Great Holiday Gifts for Your Pet

With the holidays fast approaching it’s likely you are making your Christmas list, and checking it twice! Your mom has a book waiting under the tree; you bought your dad a gift card, but what about your pets? According to a survey, 63 percent of dog owners, and 58 percent of cat owners will […]

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Pocket Pets Offer Companionship in Small Packages

Dogs are great and cats are awesome but sometimes our larger, better known four-legged friends overshadow some of the other critters that also make wonderful companion options. “Pocket pet” is a term used to describe any small mammal that is domesticated and kept as a household pet. They can range anywhere from the common hamster […]

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