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Have Gray Wolves Returned To California?
Wolves were once common along much of the West Coast, ranging from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state through Oregon to Southern California. Decades of hunting and other extermination programs, many intended to protect livestock, drove wolves out of West Coast states in the early 1900’s. Until recently, the last…

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Create Some Brush Piles Now And Watch Your Local Wildlife Thrive!
Autumn is the best time of the year to create some brush piles for the birds in your backyard. Fall trimmings can be piled up in a corner or along the edge of the yard, where it will give ground-inhabiting birds additional cover against winter weather and predators. About half…

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Autumn’s Bounty Can Turn Carnivores Into Carb-loving Vegans!
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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What Changes Do The Shorter Days Of Fall Bring About To Animals And Plants?
With the fall equinox happening soon and fall almost 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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Watchin’ Hawks Makes For A Perfect Fall Day— And Here’s Where See Them
Every fall, millions of birds fly south to spend the winter in sunny places with mild climates and plentiful food. Most smaller birds migrate under the cover of darkness, stopping to fuel up on insects or seeds by day and using the stars to guide them at night. Hawks, by…

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What’s The Best Birdseed To Use In The Fall?
This is about the time of the year when most people think about feeding birds in their backyards. We’re not sure why this happens only in autumn, because feeding birds throughout the year has many rewards. Yet, autumn is the time when bird seed sales are held, and bird feeders…

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The Monarch Butterflies You See Migrating Now Aren’t The Ones You Saw Last Spring
Fall’s in the air throughout most of North America.  You’ve probably noticed that your local birds are preparing for it— and so are our many of our butterflies. Monarch butterflies are famous for their annual migrations. Some of these insects travel thousands of miles each fall—an astonishing distance for such…

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