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Archive for August, 2015

Bats Above

Posted: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 @ 9:05 pm in Mammals | Comments Off on Bats Above

While we stroll idly through the campground, swatting mosquitoes and trying to enjoy the last moments of daylight, we’re joined by reinforcements. A pair of fluttering wings begins zigging and zagging above our heads. Is it an owl? No; its flight pattern is too erratic. Even the most coordinated owl can’t manage such midair acrobatics. […]

Nature’s Cleanup Crew

Posted: Monday, August 17th, 2015 @ 7:18 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Nature’s Cleanup Crew

The beauty of it sailing, not flapping, o’er the sky, The wonder of it perched, wings spread, hung out to dry. The strangeness of its habits, no meat too ripe to eat, The wrinkles on its naked head, the weakness of its feet. No matter which it is, adolescent or adult, sir, It’s a marvel […]

Left-Handed Plants And Right-Handed Snails

Posted: Friday, August 7th, 2015 @ 2:31 pm in Critters, Plants | Comments Off on Left-Handed Plants And Right-Handed Snails

For the most part, left-handed people occupy the same status as unemployed brothers-in-law – they’re both insulted and ignored. It isn’t enough that automobiles and most tools and machines are built for the convenience of right-handed people, but even the dictionary perpetuates a variety of negative connotations associated with lefthandedness. The American Heritage Dictionary includes […]

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