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Don’t Miss Friday’s Blue Moon
Be sure to look up and take in the “Blue Moon” on Friday night. While the moon actually won’t be colored blue, it is an unusual sight—but more for reasons of timing than appearance. Blue moons occur when there’s a second full moon in the same calendar month.  While they’re…

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How Do Birds Deal With Hurricanes Like Isaac?
Hurricane Isaac has made landfall, drenching large parts of Louisiana and Mississippi as we post this entry. While Isaac’s wind, rain and storm surge will certainly affect many people, some folks are also wondering about the effects it will have on birds in the places the hurricane passes through. Numbers…

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Where Are All The Birds Going?
It’s happening— nests are empty and our spring and summer birds are moving on. This has been very noticeable here on the upper Chesapeake Bay the past few weeks. The young osprey whose nests seem to dominate the waters have are all fledged and starting to hunt on their own. …

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A Pointed Question— Just How Do Porcupines Mate?
We’re getting close to the time of year when porcupines begin 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.  As you might guess and, as the old joke goes, a porcupine has to proceed…

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Why Do Birds Enjoy “Dust Baths” So Much?
Have you ever seen a bird rolling around on the ground as if it were having a spasm? Chances are the bird is either dusting, anting, or sunning, all in the interest of keeping its feathers and body healthy. Care of feathers is a top priority for all birds, because…

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Be Sure To Catch The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend!
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky for the next few nights, with the peak expected this Friday night/Saturday morning through Sunday night/Monday morning.  If your local weather cooperates, the best night for viewing is looking to be Saturday night— really more early Sunday morning. …

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What Happens To Young Birds When They Leave Their Nest?
It’s happening all around us right now— young birds are leaving their nests and striking out on their own.  We at eNature have been watching the Osprey on the Chesapeake Bay fledging over the past few weeks.  When your nest if over water as most osprey do, you better be…

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What Do Pawpaws Taste Like?  And Where Can You Find Them?
Pawpaw season will arrive soon in the Eastern US.  So just what is a pawpaw, other than something many of us sang about as children? And what the heck does one taste like? It’s actually an interesting story… The Common Pawpaw is the northernmost New World representative of a chiefly…

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Sandcrabs—The Hunchback of the Beach
The scene repeats itself at most beaches—and everyone who was every a kid recognizes it.  While some people hang out in the water up to their necks, others like to spend their time peacefully on the sand. This is the story of a creature that’s happiest where the babies play,…

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