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Is Holiday Mistletoe Poisonous?  Are You Flirting With The Kiss Of Death?
Almost all of us have come across American Mistletoe, the white or green-berried parasitic plant hung in doorways during the holiday season to elicit kisses from those standing beneath it. Reputed to be the “kiss of death,” Mistletoe (the Phoradendron species is found in North America) is said by some…

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Is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Actually A Female Reindeer?
Each Christmas season we hear the story of the eight flying reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh all over the world in one night. And don’t forget Rudolph too! But what made Santa choose reindeer to help him accomplish this feat? Wouldn’t elephants, with their huge flappable ears, make a better…

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It’s Getting Cold Across Much Of The Country, So How Do Our Birds Cope With Winter’s Chill?
Winter’s chill is arriving, with close to Arctic conditions forecast for many of less temperate states over the next few days.  So how do our birds cope and what do they do for protection during severe weather such as blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes? Birds have an amazing ability to find…

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Don’t Miss Tuesday Night’s Supermoon And Geminid Meteor Shower
December’s skies are busy whether you’re looking for meteors or want to enjoy the bright light of the supermoon.  Here’s a quick summary of some exciting end-of-year goings on in this month’s night sky. Tuesday’s Supermoon The full moons in October, November and December of this year all are supermoons.…

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National Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count Starts This Week— And It’s Easy To Get Involved!
With thousands of birders joining forces all over the continent, the single biggest nature event of the year is upon us: the annual Christmas Bird Count. The tradition started in 1900 when ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed an alternative to the recreational hunting of birds that usually occurred on Christmas Day.…

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Are Your Holiday Poinsettias Poisonous?
Poinsettias seem to be everywhere during the holiday season— schools, homes, offices and everywhere in between. But how many of us have seen a poinsettia in the wild?  And what’s a plant doing blooming right as winter is beginning? Just where did this plant come from? What Exactly Is A…

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