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Archive for February, 2007

Red Moon Rising

Posted: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 7:38 pm in Sky | Comments Off on Red Moon Rising

This weekend (March 3rd) there will be an eclipse of the moon — at least for those on the East Coast. The total eclipse will last for over an hour. A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon line up with the earth blocking the sun’s rays from striking the moon. Unlike a […]

Watching TV(s)

Posted: Sunday, February 25th, 2007 @ 6:44 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Watching TV(s)

Each winter we have an influx of avian visitors from farther north. Most are small and visit our feeders, but a few larger birds congregate in our area. Within walking distance there are several roosts where we can catch the TV show if we get there early enough in the morning. For the non-birders among […]

Fruitful Immigrants

Posted: Monday, February 19th, 2007 @ 11:49 am in Plants | Comments Off on Fruitful Immigrants

It’s the stuff of science fiction flicks – a species multiplying without restraint until it covers the earth. In one version, insects with no natural enemies soon devour all the plant life on the planet. Or the reverse, a plant extends its tendrils around all other living things, slowly smothering them to death. Luckily, when […]

Eager Beaver

Posted: Sunday, February 11th, 2007 @ 3:59 pm in Mammals | Comments Off on Eager Beaver

Sometimes instincts win out over logic. Many creatures have actions that just come naturally and they can’t help themselves. Ducks swim, frogs hop, birds fly. And beavers chop down trees. In each case they are displaying their adaptation to a habitat, and if a beaver didn’t use its big teeth to imitate a lumberjack it […]

Outdoor Ice Cubes

Posted: Friday, February 2nd, 2007 @ 12:04 pm in Critters | Comments Off on Outdoor Ice Cubes

Today may be Groundhog Day, but regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow this morning, I think we’ll probably have a bit more cold weather before Spring arrives. In case you’ve missed out on this exciting bit of nature lore, Punxsutawney is a village in Pennsylvania, and each year at this time the local […]

 
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