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What’s A Snood?  A Wattle?  Let’s Talk Turkey About Our Favorite Bird
It’s almost Thanksgiving and many of us are thinking about our annual feast and the turkey that’s often at the center of it. But how much do you know about the creature that many folks think is our REAL national bird? Turkeys are interesting birds— they’re large, colorful and hard…

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Choose Your Side:  White Meat or Dark?
While we come together as friends and families at Thanksgiving gatherings, once at the table, many of us divide into two separate and oppositional camps: those who prefer the legs and thighs of our traditional bird for their dark meat, versus those who opt for the whiter breast meat. We…

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Does A Bear Really Hibernate Through The Winter?
With the days getting shorter and temperatures dropping, many of us dream of hibernating till spring.  Especially after a big Thanksgiving meal! Alas, that’s not an option; we humans must face the challenges of winter.  But some creatures cope with winter’s cold temperatures and food shortages by taking very long…

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A Flower That Honors Our Veterans
Will you be wearing a poppy on Veterans Day? Poppies have been associated with Veterans Day since its first observance, as Armistice Day, in 1919.  While often seen in the U.S. around Veterans Day, red poppies have become a prominent part of what’s become known as Remembrance Day in Canada,…

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A Wrong-Way Bat That Heads NORTH For The Winter!
It’s a mistake to think that all of our fall migrants travel south. A few species move in other directions. The Gray Bat is one such contrarian. Rather than seek out warmth, the Gray Bat prefers a nice chill for the winter and will leave its comfortable summer cave for…

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Autumn’s Bounty Turns Some 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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Coyotes— They’re Turning Up Everywhere!
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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