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What Do Humpback Whales Really Eat For Dinner?
Despite the title of the video above, Humpbacks don’t eat surfers! This video has received lots of attention around the internet over the past few weeks— and for good reason.  It shows a surfer’s VERY close encounter with a humpback whale off the beaches of Santa Cruz, in Northern California. …

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Did You Know That Bears Don’t Really Hibernate?
With the days getting shorter and temperatures dropping, many of us dream of hibernating till spring. Alas, that’s not an option; we humans must face the challenges of winter.  But some creatures cope with winter’s cold temperatures and food shortages by taking very long naps. Whether or not we can…

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What’s A Snood?  A Wattle?  Talking Turkey About A Popular Bird
It’s almost Thanksgiving and many of us are thinking about our annual feast and the turkey that’s often at the center of it. But how much do you know about the creature that many folks think is our REAL national bird? Turkeys are interesting birds— they’re large, colorful and hard…

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Choose Your Side: White Meat or Dark?
While we come together as friends and families at Thanksgiving gatherings, once at the table, many of us divide into two separate and oppositional camps: those who prefer the legs and thighs of our traditional bird for their dark meat, versus those who opt for the whiter breast meat. We…

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Thanksgiving Feasts In The Wild: Slugs, Grubs, and a Side of Poison Ivy
As we sit down to big Thanksgiving meals this time of year, it’s also fun to think a bit about what’s on the table of various species of wildlife. Taken as a whole, the animals of our world eat just about every conceivable thing imaginable, from juicy berries and fresh-caught…

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Coyotes— They May Be Your New Neighbors
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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A Flower To Honor Our Veterans
Will you be wearing a poppy on Veterans Day? Poppies have been associated with Veterans Day since its first observance, as Armistice Day, in 1919.  While often seen in the U.S. around Veterans Day, red poppies have become a prominent part of what’s become known as Remembrance Day in Canada,…

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