Wild. Here. Glossary

Crepuscular (krĭ-pŭs′ kyə-lər):  appearing or active in the twilight, as certain bats and insects. Other wildlife includes rabbits, skunks, mice and chimney swifts. (July 2016)

Dabbling (ˈda-b(ə-)liŋ): adjective of a duck or other waterbird that moves its bill around in shallow water while feeding (February 2018)

Dawn chorus (dän ˈkôrəs): intense birdsong at daybreak - lasting up to 40 minutes or longer (April 2019)

Desire line (dəˈzī(ə)r līn): a planning term referring to a path made by walkers or cyclists (worn down by repeated traffic through foliage, grass - generally used as a shortcut (link)) as opposed to one that is officially planned (December 2016)

Dock (däk): a structure extending along shore or out from the shore into a body of water, to which boats may be moored (June 2016)

Drey (drā): nest of a squirrel, typically in the form of a mass of twigs (link) and leaves high up in the tree branches (April 2018)

Ground truth (ɡround tro͞oTH): a term used in various fields to refer to information provided by direct observation (October 2016)

Hiking (ˈhaɪ.kɪŋ):  is an outdoor (sporting) activity which consists of long, vigorous walks in natural environments (on trails or footpaths), often in mountainous or other scenic terrain. (May 2018)

Inflorescence (inflōˈresns): a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem.  Types include: raceme, spike, umbrel, head, catkin, etc. (June 2015)

Irruption (ĭ-rŭp′-sh(ə)n): ecological term for a sudden increase in an animal population (January 2017)

Mnemonic (nəˈmänik): Assisting or intending to assist memory.  Many birders use this memory aid to recall various bird songs. (May 2016)

Passeggiata (päs-sād-ˈjä-tä): the Italian tradition of a gentle stroll in the evening (June 2017)

Phenology (fəˈnäləjē): study of the dates of recurrent natural events (such as flowering of a plant or last appearance of a migrant bird) in relation to seasonal climatic changes - combining ecology with meteorology (April 2019)

Snag (snæɡ): dead or dying tree, often missing a top or most of the smaller branches, which provides important ecological values to other organisms (April 2018)

Subnivean (sʌbˈnɪvɪən): existing, living, or carried out underneath snow (link) from Latin: "under" (sub) + "snow" (nives) (January 2018)

Village Green (vĭl′ĭj grēn): a village park consisting of a plot of grassy land, a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area (September 2016)

Vista (ˈvɪs.tə): a view, especially a beautiful view from a high position (July 2016)

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