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Bears Have Evolved An Clever Solution To A Winter Plumbing Problem
Most of our readers like bears and want to help protect them.  But almost no one would want anything to do with a bear plug. Not once you’ve heard where it’s been. The bear plug is a curious product of bear hygiene.  Bears do not use their bedrooms for bathrooms,…

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Can You Use The Same Tricks That Animals Use To Survive The Brutal Cold Of Winter?
It’s wintertime and much of the US has been shivering in the fierce cold while trying to keep warm by shoveling snow.  In the wild, animals are working hard to stay warm too and many snow-dwellers have donned their winter wear, from white fur (or feathers) to specialized foot gear.…

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This Bird Laughs At The Cold—Chickadees Use All Kinds Of Tricks To Keep Warm
Though any bird that survives winter in the North amazes those of us that depend on furnaces and warm blankets, the black-capped chickadee may be the most incredible of all winter survivors. “Black-capped Chickadees have a wonderful assortment of adaptations for the winter,” said biologist Susan M. Smith, who has…

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Why Do Male Polar Bears Have A Tough Time Getting A Date?
Valentine’s Day is coming up and love is in the Arctic air. So what’s the best place for a male Polar Bear to meet a potential mate? The experts recommend going to a prime seal-hunting spot. But finding such a spot is only the beginning of the challenge. Nature Doesn’t…

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True Love In The Bird World?  Research Sheds Light On How Faithful Are Songbirds To Their Mates
Unlike humans, many of whom will seize the opportunity at Valentine’s Day this weekend to proclaim their love for their mate and reinforce the bonds of love over a lifetime, most birds are of a different feather. It seems that they may not be as faithful to their mates as…

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Record Setting Lovebird!  The Smith’s Longspur May Be Nature’s Champion Lover
Are you the type that has an insatiable appetite for lusty affairs?  Do you seek the same qualities in a partner? Then you’ll probably enjoy the story of the Smith’s Longspur. This bird’s 70’s swinging style is enough to make even Hugh Hefner blush. Arctic Summers, Midwest Winters Small like…

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Can A Groundhog Really Predict The End Of Winter?
Today is Groundhog Day and groundhogs are receiving A LOT of media attention.  And Punxsutawney Phil delivered this morning— seeing his shadow and predicting six more weeks of winter We’ve received a number of inquiries about this furry, kind-of-cute rodent from readers. Groundhogs clearly aren’t related to pigs or hogs—so…

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