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How Many Teeth Do Sharks Have?
Sharks have been in the news the past week, with a number of attacks on bathers in the waters off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  And the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week begins next week Whenever sharks are in the news, we tend to get lots of questions about them, especially…

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Why Do Goldfinches Wait Until July Begin Nesting?
By July, most songbirds are in the final stages of raising their young, but not the American Goldfinches. These appealing, colorful birds are just getting started.  Notoriously late nesters, goldfinches have been waiting for the thistles to bloom. When this happens in July, it signals the goldfinches that they can…

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August Is The Perfect Time For Summer Stargazing!
The heaven’s are busy these days!  The jewels of summer, Deneb, Altair and Vega, which mark the three corners of the Summer Triangle, are the first stars visible as evening falls in July. August Constellations The skies hold plenty of other interesting sights this month as well. Ursa Major, the…

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Do You Know The Difference Between Wasps And Yellow Jackets?
It’s summer, and the yellow jackets are back in force. Should we be alarmed? Well, it helps to know a little about these creatures. Yellow jackets are a type of paper wasp—that is, they build structures out of a special paper made by adding saliva to chewed-up plant fibers. In…

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Just Say No To Butterflies and Weddings
Now that it’s high season for weddings, it seems a good time to remind folks that releasing butterflies at weddings is generally a bad idea.  Below is a reprint of one of our more popular blog entries from a few years back, right about the time of the Royal wedding.…

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Sunday’s Solstice Is The Start Of Summer—And Of Summer Stargazing
The heaven’s are busy these days!  Sunday (June 21) is the summer solstice and the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s also the longest day of the year. The actual event happens today at 12:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time when when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined…

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Two Foot Incisors? Purple Teeth? Animal’s Teeth Contain All Sort Of Stories
There’s remarkable variety in the shape, size and number of teeth found in animals—  and in the uses their owners put them to. Who’s Teeth Are Biggest? Walruses are famous for their teeth; specifically, the enormous tusks that project from their upper jaws. Both sexes have these tusks. In fact,…

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Blue Streak Special— Ever See A Skink Zip Past Your Feet?
There’s a rustling in the leaves. You look to see what made the sound, and bam—a blue streak vanishes into the duff. Was it a snake? A lizard? Was that intense cobalt color even real? Yes, it was real. The creature responsible for the streak was a lizard called a…

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What Happens When Young Birds Fledge And Leave Their Nest?
It’s happening all around us right now— young birds are leaving their nests and striking out on their own.  We at eNature have been watching the Osprey on the Chesapeake Bay fledging over the past few weeks.  When your nest if over water as most osprey do, you better be…

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Avoiding Snakebites— And How To Treat One If The Worst Happens
It’s the height of summer and folks throughout the country are visiting parks, hiking through the woods, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors.  At the same time, lots of creatures are on the move.  Chances are high you might encounter a snake or two if you’re out.  But don’t panic— they’re…

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