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Add A Little Water To Make Your Yard Irresistible To Birds
Because many birds do not eat seeds, suet or sugar water, there is another way to draw them in from the natural cover for close-up viewing. Water. In various forms, water will attract the insect- and worm-eating birds that would not otherwise be drawn to your yard. You Can Keep…

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What Terrestrial Animal Has The Longest Lifespan?
If you’re a TV watcher, you may have noticed that the long-running TV show Survivor keeps showing up every season. But there’s a much more interesting version playing out in the wild. It’s one thing to survive a few weeks on a television show, but it’s quite another to live…

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October’s Skies Are Great For Stargazing
October skies are busy ones!  The longer nights and cooler, clear skies of fall make for some great stargazing. And there’s a lot more than just stars to see up there! Highlights Include Stars, Planets And Well-known Constellations Our night sky sparkles with stars, billions of them, inspiring lovers, poets,…

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It’s More Than A Punchline To An Old Joke….  Just How Do Porcupines Mate?
We’re getting close to the time of year when porcupines begin feeling frisky. But that’s not the real news. The real news is that porcupines are able mate without inflicting serious harm on one another.  As you might guess and, as the old joke goes, a porcupine has to proceed…

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Create A Brush Pile And Watch Your Local Wildlife Thrive!
Fall in in the air across the country—and now is the time to be thinking about what we can do to help our local wildlife get through the cold of winter. Autumn is the best time of the year to create some brush piles for the birds in your backyard.…

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Autumn’s Bounty Can Turn 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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Are Gray Wolves About To Return 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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Watching 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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Bandit Snakes— Why Do Rattlesnakes Wear A “Mask”?
Those dark marks on a rattlesnake’s face are not there to reduce glare. Unlike outfielders and quarterbacks, whose black facial stripes help their vision, a rattlesnake wears a mask for other reasons. One is to disrupt the snake’s facial outline. A snake with stripes across its face is more difficult…

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