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Where Are The Birds You’ve Watched All Summer?
It’s happening— nests are empty and our spring and summer birds are moving on. This has been very noticeable here on the upper Chesapeake Bay the past few weeks. The young osprey whose nests seem to dominate the waters have are all fledged and starting to hunt on their own. …

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The Mysterious Migration Of Dragonflies
If you’re lucky, dragonflies will join the birds and butterflies in your backyard this summer. You will enjoy their presence—especially during cookouts and other outdoor activities—because they eat those pesky mosquitoes and flies. Dragonflies are attracted to water. Therefore, if you have a birdbath, water garden or pond, you may…

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Grey Wolves Have Returned To California
Two all-black adult wolves and five 4-month-old pups have been photographed near the Cascades’ Mount Shasta. It’s the first time in nearly a century that a gray wolf pack has been seen in the state. Trail cameras first spotted a suspected gray wolf in May and June and biologists set…

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What’s A Pawpaw? And What Does One Taste Like?
Pawpaw season has arrived in the Eastern US.  The season doesn’t last long, so you’ll have to move quickly if you’d like to find some. So just what is a pawpaw, other than something many of us sang about as children? And what the heck does one taste like? It’s…

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Have You Seen One Of These Hard To Find Creatures?
Blend for Your Life! Some animals run for their lives when they sense danger, but others do the opposite: they stand still. These animals blend in so well with their backgrounds they are safer if they freeze in the presence of danger. On the other hand some predators on the…

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What Do Humpback Whales Really Eat For Dinner?
Despite the title of the video above, Humpbacks don’t eat surfers! Even so, this video received lots of attention around the internet when it appeared— and for good reason.  It shows a surfer’s VERY close encounter with a humpback whale off the beaches of Santa Cruz, in Northern California.  But…

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Tonight Is The Night To See The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be very visible in the night sky this week, with the peak expected tonight a bit after midnight into the early morning as well as tomorrow night.  And by a very fortunate coincidence, there will be little or no moon light to make the…

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