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This Fall’s Monarchs Aren’t The Ones You Saw Last Spring
Monarch butterflies are famous for their annual migrations. Some of these insects travel thousands of miles each fall—an astonishing distance for such fragile creatures. Yet few people realize that the Monarchs we see in the spring are not necessarily the same ones that fluttered past in the fall. Beginning in…

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Monarch butterflies are famous for their annual migrations. Some of these insects travel thousands of miles each fall—an astonishing distance for such fragile creatures. Yet few people realize that the Monarchs we see in the spring are not necessarily the same ones that fluttered past in the fall. Beginning in…

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Dangerous Love?
It’s the time of year when porcupines are starting to feel frisky. But that’s not the real news. The real news is that porcupines are able mate without inflicting serious harm on one another. The Common Porcupine, of course, is known for its sharp quills—excellent for self-defense but intimidating for…

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Love Is In the Air
Some folks love it, others dread it. But no matter what your feelings about Valentine’s Day, there’s no avoiding it. And it’s not just humans— animals in the wild are succumbing to Cupid’s arrows as well.  Take a a walk through your backyard or a backcountry hike and you’ll likely…

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Hurricanes and Birds
With Hurricane Earl racing up the East Coast and two or more storms looking to follow in Earl’s wake in coming weeks, many people are wondering about the effects of hurricanes and tropical storms on birds. While numbers are hard to come by, it is clear that a lot of…

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