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Why Do Cowbirds Leave Their Eggs In Other Birds’ Nests?
After reading a recent blog entry about brood parasitism in cliff swallows, a number of readers wanted to know more about the well-known sort of brood parasitism practiced by cowbirds. If a vote were taken tomorrow to find the most popular bird in the country, it’s doubtful that the cowbird…

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A Face That Only A Mother Could Love!
Bulbous, hooked, Roman, button . . . noses come in all shapes and sizes. But no nose, not even Pinocchio’s famous pool cue or the latest Hollywood starlet’s, quite compares to the wondrous proboscis of a certain small mole. The Star-nosed Mole is a dark little creature that burrows in…

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Bears Have Evolved An Interesting Solution To A Winter Plumbing Problem
Most of our readers like bears and want to help protect them.  But almost no one would want anything to do with a bear plug. Not once you’ve heard where it’s been. The bear plug is a curious product of bear hygiene.  Bears do not use their bedrooms for bathrooms,…

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Are Those Quacking Sounds You’re Hearing Actually Frogs?
Don’t assume that because you hear some quacking it’s ducks making the sound. It’s the season for quacking frogs in much of the country. With the first warm, thawing rain of the spring, Wood Frogs emerge from their winter quarters—under logs or beneath leaf litter—and migrate to their favorite woodland…

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What Makes Prairie Dogs Such Appealing Creatures?
Despite the name, a prairie dog is more squirrel than canine. The name stems from this rodent’s barking call, not its relation to wolves, coyotes or dogs.  In fact, coyotes tend to be one the principal predators of prairie dogs in the wild. Many folks find prairie dogs quite interesting,…

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