Wildlife in our Region - Foxes, Beavers, and Coyotes, Oh My

Guest Host:

Matt McCleskey
Wildlife in our Region - Foxes, Beavers, and Coyotes, Oh My

Spring is a great time to visit our region's parks, where you can spot great blue herons, foxes, owls, and bald eagles. We've got tips on where to go, and how to observe animals safely and respectfully.

It's spring, a great time of year for spotting wildlife in our region. Migratory birds are returning, deer and rabbits are flocking to suburban backyards, and raccoons regularly saunter through back alleys. But for the more adventurous, spring is also a great time to visit our region's parks, where you might see great blue herons, foxes, owls, and bald eagles. We've got tips on where to go, and how to observe animals safely and respectfully.

Guests

Martin Ogle

Chief Naturalist, Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

John Rappole

Author, "Wildlife of the Mid-Atlantic: A Complete Reference Guide;" Research Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s Conservation and Research Center.

Related Links

Coyote in Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Pablo Codes, an exchange student from Spain interning at Potomac Overlook, set up a motion-detecting videocamera to see what animals might be spotted. In the first five seconds of this video, you’ll see what the naturalists at the park agree is a coyote.

Seasonal Naturalist John Burke at the Potomac Overlook Regional Park shows some pelts from animals common to our area and talks about how human development and nature are bumping up against each other in Arlington:

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