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Trick Or Treat In The Wild:  Lots Of Animals Wear Orange And Black Too
It’s almost Halloween, the time for orange and black: orange-and-black costumes, orange-and-black decorations, even orange-and-black candies. People favor these colors because it’s a tradition—or they’re watching a lot of TV on Netflix. But what prompts some animals to cloak themselves in orange and black? It’s Not Just For Tigers Probably…

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The 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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Why Are Bats, Spiders And Owls The Scary Creatures of Halloween?
In most people’s minds, Halloween means vampires and witches, bats, owls and spiders. Even the mere mention of these creatures sends shivers through some folks. Vampires and witches—a fear of them is understandable. But what is it about bats, owls, and spiders that makes people associate them with evil? One…

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There’s A Fungus Among Us— Here’s How To Avoid Poisonous Mushrooms
With fall’s arrival, mushrooms have been popping up all over.  And as you might expect, there’s been a sharp increase in reports of people poisoned by eating wild mushrooms.  When we recently tweeted the blog entry below about dealing with poisonous mushrooms, it ended up being one of our most…

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Amazing Video Shows Shark Feeding Frenzy In The Surf Off North Carolina Beach
Several species of shark, including the popular blacktip that frequents the coastal waters of Virginia and the Carolinas during the summer, can be clearly seen literally on the beach in a feeding frenzy video posted to YouTube last week. The video, posted by user Brian Recker, shows sharks feasting on…

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How Does Wildlife Adapt To Fall’s Shorter Days?
With the fall equinox behind us and fall well underway in most of the United States, we’re now seeing our days rapidly getting shorter.  Some of us like the change but it seems most folks aren’t too happy to see the days get cooler and nights get longer. Plants and…

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Tarantulas Are Out At Halloween, But They’re Not Trick or Treating!
Halloween is almost here and lots of folks are thinking about spiders such as tarantulas—as well as bats, ghouls and other scary creatures. But it turns out that tarantulas have a lot more on their mind this month than trick or treating. It’s mating time for tarantulas. And the story…

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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 tomorrow morning (the 8th).  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. This is the second lunar eclipse of…

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What Makes Crows Gather in Large Roosts During Fall and Winter?
Steve Bailey is a bit of an exception. Whereas most people in Danville, Illinois, wish the crows now in their midst would find themselves another winter home, he welcomes the visitors with open arms. He’s a bird lover, of course, and proud to live in the unofficial Winter Crow Capital…

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What Makes Autumn’s Leaves So Colorful?
Sometime between now and the middle of November, the trees in North America’s eastern broadleaf forests will reach their full fall glory. From Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond, leaf peepers will bring traffic to a standstill on beautiful fall weekends. By…

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