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Tonight’s the Night To See The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be very visible in the night sky this week, with the peak expected tonight (Wednesday the 11th) and Thursday night.  And by a very fortunate coincidence, there will be little or no moon light to make the meteors hard to see. The best viewing…

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Ask an Expert:  Who was Joe Pye and why are so many plants names for him?
Q. I have beautiful joe-pye weed at the back edge of my meadow, and it’s going to be blooming soon. What I would like to know is, who was Joe Pye, and why is this wildflower named after him? Lansing, IL A. There are a number of species of Joe-Pye…

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The Name Game
Sometimes the common name of a species makes perfect sense; the Bald Eagle is one obvious example. But sometimes a name tells us more about the fickle nature of humans than about the creature it describes. Test your knowledge of common names with a special eNature quiz. Q. What’s a…

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