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Archive for October, 2006

Spiders – On Gossamer Wings

Posted: Sunday, October 15th, 2006 @ 4:28 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Spiders – On Gossamer Wings

October is a month when the world is full of young spiders leaving home. Wisps of silken thread fill the air. Sunlight glints off gossamer parachutes following the whims of the wind. Young spiders break their ties with home by flying away on wings they build themselves. Most of the 3,000 kinds of spiders in […]

World Record –The Longest Migration

Posted: Monday, October 9th, 2006 @ 8:41 pm in Birds | Comments Off on World Record –The Longest Migration

Here’s a shocker. The Sooty Shearwater, an 18 inch long seabird, migrates up to 40,000 miles a year, along a route that crosses the Pacific Ocean. Working down in New Zealand, a crew of UC Santa Cruz biologists electronically tagged the legs of 33 shearwaters in early 2005. They recovered working tags when over half […]

Cranberry Harvest

Posted: Sunday, October 1st, 2006 @ 4:18 pm in Plants | Comments Off on Cranberry Harvest

We’re addicted to gathering wild foods – especially the wild fruits of summer. Not only do they taste better than foods purchased from the supermarket, but it’s more fun when you find your own. In June we search out wild strawberries – small but sweet. In July we stock up on raspberry jam, while August […]

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