The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

An adult and young Great Horned Owl sit in a tree outside Bustad Hall, March 30, Pullman, Wash.

Owls well that ends well

MASON MARON April 27, 2023

In the cool of the evening, as students return to their dorms and campus quiets down, a family of local residents gets ready to start their day: The Great Horned Owls. These birds are found throughout...

The official March Mammal Madness logo.

March Madness gone wild

MASON MARON March 29, 2023

Every year, millions of Americans make brackets for March Madness in the hopes of correctly guessing which NCAA basketball teams will come out on top. It is a national tradition well-known to many, even...

Birds, like the native red-tailed hawk, are especially prone to smoke inhalation.

OPINION: Do not forget about nature when air quality suffers

ISABELLE BUSCH, Evergreen reporter, columnist September 19, 2022

As smoke swept through the Pacific Northwest, it caused unhealthy air conditions in late August and early September. The effects were felt by all members of the Pullman community, humans and animals alike. But...

Celebrate National Wildlife Week

Celebrate National Wildlife Week

ISABELLE BUSCH, Evergreen reporter, columnist April 7, 2022

This week marks a decades long tradition to celebrate America’s wildlife. The effort was founded by the National Wildlife Federation in 1938, according to their website. NWF created the holiday to spotlight...

Cubs often learn how to hunt from their mother.

Parents of the Palouse

ISABELLE BUSCH, Evergreen reporter, columnist March 31, 2022

Parents’ Weekend is just a day away. Whether your parents are visiting this weekend or waiting for a slightly less crowded one, this weekend is the perfect time to appreciate all they do for you. It...

A male White-Headed Woodpecker rests on a pine tree, May 5, 2019, in Cle Elum, Wash.

Wildlife of the Week: white-headed woodpecker

MASON MARON March 31, 2022

The white-headed woodpecker is a species of woodpecker only found in western North America, with its range mapped on Birds of the World as following the Cascades and Sierra Nevadas. This unique species...

The fierce American badger and clever coyote are both native Palouse species.

The formidable friendship of badgers and coyotes

ISABELLE BUSCH, Evergreen reporter, columnist March 10, 2022

Earlier this month, trail cameras captured photos of a coyote and an American badger hunting together in the Rocky Mountains. Similar footage has been captured by trail cameras and nature enthusiasts...

Events from the Ice Age shaped the terrain of eastern Washington.

Beasts of the Ice Age

ISABELLE BUSCH, Evergreen reporter, columnist March 3, 2022

Not so long ago, large creatures roamed the Pullman area. Formidable beasts journeyed through the plains of the Palouse during the last Ice Age. The most recent Ice Age lasted from about 30,000 to 11,000...

Ravens engage in allopreening, a behavior that strengthens their romantic pair bonds.

The nature of love: examples of bonding in nature

ISABELLE BUSCH, Evergreen reporter, columnist February 10, 2022

Love is certainly in the spotlight this week. But what really is love? Why do we love, and are we the only species who can?  In the famed words of evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky: “Nothing...

Gray squirrel tracks adorning the snow in front of Eastlick Hall on Jan. 27.

Who made that print?

ISABELLE BUSCH, Evergreen reporter, columnist February 3, 2022

Winter is a wonderful time of the year for hiking because snow is a superb tracking medium. Tracks are hard to miss in snow and are often well preserved. Many species on campus leave distinctive tracks....

Most feathers owe their tones to pigments: organic compounds scattered through the feather. Melanin, the pigment responsible for black, brown and tan hues, is produced by birds and resides in feather structures called melanosomes, according to Audubon.

The science of shimmer: iridescence in bird feathers

ISABELLE BUSCH, Evergreen reporter, columnist January 27, 2022

A glint catches your eye. The fiery metallic shine belongs to a Calliope hummingbird, who hovers curiously in front of you. Then in a shimmering blur, it is gone, leaving your eyes ablaze with nearly unbelievable...

The great horned owl can be heard outside of the Olympia dorms.

Wildlife of the Week: Great horned owl

MASON MARON January 20, 2022

The great horned owl is a common owl throughout the Palouse, often seen perched on electric poles outside of town. Its range is much more widespread, though, with data showing it to be found...

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