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Here’s How To Tell The Difference Between A Crocodile And An Alligator
A Florida couple recently had a late night encounter with what they thought was an American Crocodile while taking a moon-light kayak trip.  From the pictures in the media afterwards, they’re fortunate to be around to tell the story. While the jury is still out on whether what they met…

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Do You Know What To Do When Birds Collide With A Window?
As spring continues and bird activity is peaking, you’ve probably noticed birds colliding with your windows, especially if you live in a wooded area. This is a common but huge problem that takes the lives of millions of birds annually. What can you do to keep birds from your windows?…

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How Can Birds Sing Without Pausing To Breathe?
The birds are singing now, and for good reason: breeding season is in full swing.  And it seems to have arrived earlier this year than most. It’s A Male Thing It’s the males, of course, providing the music (females make alarm calls and other vocalizations but almost never songs). And…

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Here’s A Face 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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Why Do Most People Find Prairie Dogs So Irresistable?
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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Are Those Late Night Sounds You’re Hearing Quacking Ducks? Or Amorous 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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Is The Easter Bunny A Rabbit?  Or A Hare?
Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner.  That means the Easter Bunny is on the minds of many children. And on the minds of many adults is the age-old question….. Is the Easter Bunny a rabbit or a hare? As many of our readers know, hares and…

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Why Do Eggs Have Their Unique Oval Shape?
This is the time of year when eggs are turning up everywhere— in Easter baskets for many, not too mention in bird nests across the country too. With all these eggs around, it’s easy to take them for granted.  While we tend to not talk much about bird nests at…

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Watch The Moon Disappear Before Your Eyes—Don’t Miss Tonight’s Total Lunar Eclipse!
There’s a total lunar eclipse happening across all of North America LATE tonight and early tomorow morning (the 15th).  A total lunar eclipse occurs when the full Moon passes through the dark inner core of the Earth’s shadow, which is called the umbra. North America hasn’t experienced a total eclipse…

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