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Tiny Songbird Discovered to Migrate Non-Stop, 1,500 Miles over the Atlantic
For more than 50 years, scientists had tantalizing clues suggesting that a tiny, boreal forest songbird known as the blackpoll warbler departs each fall from New England and eastern Canada to migrate nonstop in a direct line over the Atlantic Ocean toward South America, but proof was hard to come…

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Are Those Late Night Sounds You Hear Quacking Ducks? Or Amorous Frogs?
Don’t assume that because you hear some quacking it’s ducks making the sound. It’s the season for quacking frogs in much of the country. With the first warm, thawing rain of the spring, Wood Frogs emerge from their winter quarters—under logs or beneath leaf litter—and migrate to their favorite woodland…

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The Spotted Skunk Is A Talented, But VERY 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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It’s Mating Time For Florida’s Alligators—And You Can Hear It Thoughout The State!
During winter’s cold, when its beaches and theme parks draw boisterous crowds, Florida’s alligators simply want a little peace and quiet — a comfortable log, say, or a sunlit bank on which to bask uninterrupted. But visitors shouldn’t take the aloof behavior personally. The fact is that alligators experience a…

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Ever See A Dancing Prairie Chicken?  They’re Pretty Good Dancers!
Dancing With The Stars is kicking off of a new season on the television this week. Too bad they’re not including one of America’s best dancers— the Prairie Chicken! This bird’s courtship performance is the sort nature documentaries love to feature. While it lacks the exotic locales often required to…

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Here Are Some Great Spots To Catch Hawks and Eagles Migrating This Spring
Now that baseball spring training has begun and the kids are thinking about spring break, it’s time to turn our attention to another annual spectacle. But rather than the ballpark or the school room, the focus now is feathers: majestic birds, to be precise, such as hawks, falcons, and eagles.…

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A Frost-Free Flower That Laughs At Snow
Most cars come equipped with a defrost feature. Press a button, and the ice melts from the windows. A defroster is also standard equipment on one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. The plant is called Skunk Cabbage—an apt name for something with cabbage-like leaves and a…

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Is Every Snowflake Really Unique?
Snow is falling in many parts of the Eastern U.S. today—and the countless kids are catching snowflakes on their tongues as the play outside. And almost without fail, one question comes up….  is it true that no two snowflakes are alike? How Do Snowflakes Get Made? A snowflake forms inside…

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Which Hawks Just Can’t Resist A Crowded Birdfeeder?
It’s a distressing but all to common sight on winter days and we often hear from our readers who have witnessed it…. This is the time of the year to see hawks attacking and eating birds at bird feeders. The typical scenario is a flock of songbirds quietly eating at…

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How Do Birds Survive Winter Storms?
As our latest big storm, which everyone in the Eastern US hopes is winter’s last blast, barrels down on millions, many folks are concerned about the impact of the weather on their local birds. It’s cold out..  So where do birds go for protection during severe weather such as blizzards,…

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