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Why Do Crows Like To Gather in Large Roosts?
Steve Bailey is a bit of an exception. Whereas most people in Danville, Illinois, wish the crows now in their midst would find themselves another winter home, he welcomes the visitors with open arms. He’s a bird lover, of course, and proud to live in the unofficial Winter Crow Capital…

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How Does The Wood Frog Survive Arctic Winter?
When winter arrives in the Arctic, the temperature drops, and the Wood Frog responds accordingly—in a behavour that sounds like something from a science fiction movie. It lets itself get deep-freezed. First the frog drifts into a deep sleep, then its heart stops, its breathing stops, and most of the…

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Where To Find Bald Eagles In January
If you’ve ever wanted to see a whole lot of Bald Eagles, January and February is the time and the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Complex is the place. The eagle show going on there right now is spectacular. The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Complex encompasses six national wildlife refuges along…

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Why Do Blackbirds Form Large Flocks
The old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” is particularly true among blackbirds in winter. Though many birds band together during winter, none are as notorious for their flocking behavior as blackbirds…red-winged blackbirds, European starlings, common grackles and brown-headed cowbirds. This group of a feather often flock together in…

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Old Christmas Trees Make New Bird Cover
Instead of discarding the family Christmas tree this year, turn it into cover for the birds. The life of the festive tree can be extended for several more months by taking it outside and laying it down or propping it up near or next to a bird feeder. In a…

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A to Z in 2012: Making The New Year A Good Year
If there’s one surefire way to make the new year a good year, it’s to spend lots of time outdoors enjoying North America’s natural diversity. With that in mind, here’s a list of nature-watching ideas and hints organized from A to Z. Alpine regions contain some of the most amazing…

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Don’t Miss The Quadrantid Meteor Shower Tuesday Nnight
Don’t miss Tuesday night’s Quadrantid meteor shower.  Some observers consider it among the year’s best, often producing more than 100 meteors per hour.  But it’s a brief shower, rarely lasting more than a few hours. The meteors emanate from near the North Star and should peak tonight at around 7:20…

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