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Archive for December, 2006

Balancing Birds

Posted: Thursday, December 28th, 2006 @ 10:20 am in Birds | Comments Off on Balancing Birds

Why don’t perching birds fall out of trees when they take a nap? Or off of phone lines when the wind starts to whip the bird up and down? Birds may seem to have a much better sense of balance than the rest of us, but the real answer is in the structure of their […]

Whooping Cranes Arrive in Florida

Posted: Sunday, December 24th, 2006 @ 6:00 am in Birds | Comments Off on Whooping Cranes Arrive in Florida

A little over a month ago we wrote about endangered Whooping Cranes, both with information from the 1980’s and an update about their present status. We also included a link to a National Geographic video featuring training flights for the young birds. Since they were captive-reared, these young Whoopers didn’t know their way from Wisconsin […]

Let There Be Lights

Posted: Friday, December 22nd, 2006 @ 6:39 am in Sky | Comments Off on Let There Be Lights

These may be the longest nights of the year, but as seen from space the world is covered with lights. And that makes stargazing and watching meteor showers more difficult. Tonight is the middle of the three day meteor shower called the Ursids. It’s not one of the brightest, but still there may be as […]

The Shortest Day

Posted: Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 @ 5:42 am in Sky | Comments Off on The Shortest Day

The Winter Solstice is almost upon us (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), and according to many that brings on the first day of Winter. I wonder if we should tell that to all those digging out from this year’s early snowstorms. But December 21st does, at least, have the longest night and the shortest […]

Monarch Migrants

Posted: Friday, December 15th, 2006 @ 5:42 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Monarch Migrants

Just how far can a butterfly fly – assuming it has the urge? Down the block? Across town? All the way to the county line? Much, much farther if you happen to be a monarch – up to 3,000 miles. Like Snowbirds, they fly south, hundreds of millions of wings filling the air. We’ve watched […]

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