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How To Avoid and Treat Snakebites
This story is a repost from July, 2010 that seems a good reminder to share with our readers during the 4th of July holiday. It’s the height of summer and folks throughout the country are visiting parks, hiking through the woods, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors.  At the same time,…

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Is the Ringtail a Cat? A Raccoon?  Or Something Entirely Different?
The Ringtail is a small ground-dwelling mammal found in the arid regions of the Western US and is known by a number of common names including Ring-tailed Cat, Civet Cat or Miner’s Cat. The name confusion is easy to understand as the Ringtail looks like a cross between a house…

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The Bald Facts— How Well Do You Know Our National Bird?
Patriotism is back in fashion, and one of America’s most potent icons is the Bald Eagle. But how much do you know about our national bird? Find out now by taking the eNature “Bald Eagles by the Numbers” quiz. Q. How many species of Bald Eagles are there in the…

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Who’s Making All That Racket After Dark?  The Birds That Sing At Night
Is something (or someone) keeping you awake these summer nights? Many questions come to eNature about night birds calling and other weird and incessant noises in the dark.  It seems that there’s a lot of activity taking place when most of us expect our birds to be resting. What’s going…

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Today’s Solstice Is The Start Of Summer—And Of Summer Stargazing
The heaven’s are busy these days!  Today (June 21) is the summer solstice, and the beginning of summer, in the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s also the longest day of the year. The actual event happens today at 1:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time when when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined…

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Poison Ivy and Poison Oak— What To Know And What To Do If Disaster Strikes
Knowing how to avoid poison ivy is a good skill—but you should also know what to do if you happen to encounter it. As we move into the busiest part of the summer, people across the country will celebrate and enjoy it by taking weekend hikes through places scenic and…

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Can Armadillos Swim?
Common across much of the Southeastern United States, armadillos attract a bit of a cult following of their oddly appealing appearance and lifestyle. From an engineering standpoint, the armadillo is an exceptional creature. The heavy plates that cover its head, torso, and tail are unique among North American mammals and…

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Can You Tell A Raven From A Crow?
Ravens are remarkable birds.  And while not dismissing their cousin crows as the boring wallflowers of the party, ravens have a story of their own that’s worth knowing. Avian Royalty Inside the Tower of London, a man called the Yeoman Raven Master watches over a flock of all-black birds. The…

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Coyotes— The New Kids On The Block
People curse them, trap them, even shoot them, but Coyotes continue to thrive. In fact, their range has expanded greatly in the last fifty years. Whereas people once encountered Coyotes only in Canada and the American West, now these carnivores can be found across the East Coast of the United…

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Purple Teeth? Two Foot Long Incisors? Every Animal’s Mouth Has A Story To Tell
There’s remarkable variety in the shape, size and number of teeth found in animals—  and in the uses their owners put them to. Who’s Teeth Are Biggest? Walruses are famous for their teeth; specifically, the enormous tusks that project from their upper jaws. Both sexes have these tusks. In fact,…

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The Great Outdoors Are Safer Than You Might Think
It’s a lot safer out there than TV’s Shark Week or When Animals Attack would lead you to believe. Sometimes fear serves us well. It keeps us from taunting bears, which is definitely a good thing. But fear can also be unfounded. As the numbers prove, the animals that most…

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Why Fireflies Flash At Night—The Lusty (And Flavorable) Lives Of Fireflies
Now that summer is here (at least unoffically) many of us have begun seeing fireflies in our yards and gardens.  They’ve definitely arrived in the mid-Atlantic region as several folks on the eNature team have reported encountering them. Despite their small size and preference for dark places, fireflies deservedly receive…

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