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Halloween Fashion: Lots Of Animals Wear Orange And Black This Time Of Year
It’s almost Halloween, the time for orange and black: orange-and-black costumes, orange-and-black decorations, even orange-and-black candies. People favor these colors because they’re a seasonal tradition—or perhaps because they’ve watched a certain prison drama on Netflix! But what prompts some animals to cloak themselves in orange and black? It’s Not Just…

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How Do Birds Deal With Hurricanes Like Patricia?
Hurricane Patricia is making its way towards Mexico with some of the highest winds ever recorded.    While Patricia’s wind, rain and storm surge will certainly affect many people, some folks are also wondering about the effects the hurricane may have on birds. Numbers are hard to come by, but…

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The Wrong-Way Bat That Migrates NORTH For The Winter!
It’s a mistake to think that all of our fall migrants travel south. A few species move in other directions. The Gray Bat is one such contrarian. Rather than seek out warmth, the Gray Bat prefers a nice chill for the winter and will leave its comfortable summer cave for…

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Did You Know Halloween Is Also Tarantula Mating Season?
Halloween is almost here and lots of folks are thinking about spiders such as tarantulas—as well as bats, ghouls and other scary creatures. But it turns out that tarantulas have a lot more on their mind this month than trick or treating. It’s mating time for tarantulas. And the story…

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Bats, Spiders And Owls:  What Makes The Creatures of Halloween So Scary To Some?
In most people’s minds, Halloween means vampires and witches, bats, owls and spiders. Even the mere mention of these creatures sends shivers through some folks. Vampires and witches—a fear of them is understandable. But what is it about bats, owls, and spiders that makes people associate them with evil? One…

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Amazing Video Shows Shark Feeding Frenzy In The Surf Off East Coast Beach
Several species of shark, including the popular blacktip that frequents the coastal waters of Virginia and the Carolinas during the summer, can be clearly seen literally on the beach in a feeding frenzy video posted to YouTube. The video, posted by user Brian Recker, shows sharks feasting on a school…

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October’s Skies Make For Perfect Stargazing
October skies are busy ones!  The longer nights and cooler, clear skies of fall make for some great stargazing. And there’s a lot more than just stars to see up there! Highlights Include Stars, Planets And Well-known Constellations Our night sky sparkles with stars, billions of them, inspiring lovers, poets,…

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There’s A Fungus Among Us— Here’s Some Info To Avoid Poisonous Mushrooms
With fall’s arrival, mushrooms have been popping up all over.  And as you might expect, there’s been a sharp increase in reports of people poisoned by eating wild mushrooms.  When we recently tweeted the blog entry below about dealing with poisonous mushrooms, it ended up being one of our most…

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