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How Do The Shorter Days Of Fall Affect Animals And Plants?
With the fall equinox happening this Friday and fall upon us, we’re now seeing our days rapidly getting shorter.  Some of us like the change but it seems most folks aren’t too happy to see the days get cooler and nights get longer. Plants and animals are affected too: it’s…

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Autumn’s Bounty OftenTurns Carnivores Into Carb-loving Vegetarians
What would you expect a Grizzly Bear to eat when fattening up for winter? Caribou? Salmon? How about a nice fruit salad? Yes, some of our most celebrated carnivores become vegetarians in the fall. Even the largest terrestrial predator, the Grizzly Bear, turns into a berry specialist at this time…

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Why Does The Harvest Moon Look So Big In The Evening Sky?
Summer is almost over and the Harvest Moon is looming large in the evening sky right now. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox, the day on which summer ends and fall begins.  This year’s equinox occurs on Friday, September 23.  And if…

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Dangerous Love— Just How Do Porcupines Mate?
It’s the time of year when porcupines are feeling 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 a suitor.…

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