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The Monarch Butterflies Migrating Now Aren’t The Ones You Saw Last Spring
Fall is just around the corner 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…

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What Does A Humpback Whale Really Eat For Dinner?
Despite the title of the video above, Humpbacks don’t eat surfers! Eves so, that video has received lots of attention around the internet when it appeared— and for good reason.  It shows a surfer’s VERY close encounter with a humpback whale off the beaches of Santa Cruz, in Northern California. …

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The Spotted Skunk Is One Talented, But Smelly Acrobat
. The skunk that most of us in the U.S. know best, the Striped skunk, is just an entry-level stinker. Its cousin, the Spotted skunk, possesses an even more potent musk.  And the Spotted skunk is also the better entertainer. A Seldom Seen Skunk The smallest skunks found in North…

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What’s The Best Birdseed To Put In Your Feeder This Fall?
Fall is all but in the air in many parts of the country—and it’s a time of the year when many 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…

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Where Are All This Summer’s 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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Are The Birds You’ve Seen
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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Be Sure To Catch The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight!
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky tonight and tomorrow.. A waning Gibbous Moon (the phase following a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower. Despite this, astronomers suggest that you try your luck at catching some Perseids before dawn…

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Be Sure To Catch The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Next Week
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky early next week, peaking between August 10 and August 13. A waning Gibbous Moon (the phase following a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower. Despite this, astronomers suggest that you try your…

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Back on the Rock—Many Bird Species Are Returning To Alcatraz
When the Spanish explorer Don Juan Manual Ayala visited San Francisco Bay in 1775, the island we now call Alcatraz was little more than a mound of sandstone whitened by the droppings of many generations of seabirds. For the next 200 years, human use and alteration of the island all…

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Hiding In Plain Sight—How Many Animals Use Camouflage
Blend for Your Life! Some animals run for their lives when they sense danger, but others do the opposite: they stand still. These animals blend in so well with their backgrounds they are safer if they freeze in the presence of danger. On the other hand some predators on the…

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