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Coyotes— They’re Turning Up Everywhere These Days
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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How To Avoid Snakebites— And How to Treat One If Disaster Strikes
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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Are Ringtails Cats? Raccoons?  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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Butterflies and Weddings— A Match That Shouldn’t Be Made
Now that it’s high season for weddings, it seems a good time to remind folks that releasing butterflies at weddings is generally a bad idea.  Below is a reprint of one of our more popular blog entries from April of last year, right about the time of the Royal wedding.…

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How Do Ravens Differ From Crows?
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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How To Avoid Poison Ivy and Poison Oak— And Treat Them If The Worst Happens
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 season, people across the country will celebrate and enjoy it by taking weekend hikes through places scenic…

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Why Do Fireflies Flash At Night?
I was kayaking on the Potomac River yesterday evening and saw my first fireflies of the season in the foliage along the river bank.  It had been a great paddle with lots of osprey fishing, barn swallows enjoying insects overhead, leaping bass making huge splashes, and even an encounter with…

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