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How Can A Hummingbird’s Heart Be Larger Than A Blue Whale’s?
Think those heart-shaped boxes of Valentine’s chocolates are impressive? Compared to the size of a human heart perhaps. But a whale’s heart dwarfs even those samplers that require weightlifters to hoist them. Picture a heart the size of a car. That’s what a Blue Whale possesses—a heart that deserves its…

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Valentine’s Day: It’s Not Just For Humans—There’s A Lot Going On In The Wild Too!
Some folks love it, others dread it. But no matter what your feelings about Valentine’s Day, there’s no avoiding it. And it’s not just humans— animals in the wild are succumbing to Cupid’s arrows as well.  Take a a walk through your backyard or a backcountry hike and you’ll likely…

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Why Does The Cold Cause Blackbirds To Gather In Large Flocks?
The old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” is particularly true among blackbirds in winter. Though many birds band together during winter, none are as notorious for their flocking behavior as blackbirds, blackbirds, European starlings, common grackles and brown-headed cowbirds. This group of a feather often flock together…

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Oregon Is The Place To See Bald Eagles In January And February
If you’ve ever wanted to see a whole lot of Bald Eagles, January and February is the time and the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Complex is the place. The eagle show going on there this time of year can be spectacular. The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Complex encompasses six national…

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How Does The Wood Frog Avoid Freezing To Death During A Cold Arctic Winter?
When winter arrives in the Arctic, the temperature drops, and the Wood Frog responds accordingly—in a behavior that sounds like something from a science fiction movie. It lets itself get deep-freezed. A Living Ice Cube? First the frog drifts into a deep sleep, then its heart stops, its breathing stops,…

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