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Fat, Fur, And Feathers

Posted: Sunday, January 8th, 2017 @ 11:49 am in Critters, Plants, Weather | 1 Comment »

When the weather turns so frightfully cold that we don parkas and boots before venturing outside, how do plants and animals survive? They can’t add layers of clothing. They can’t toast their tootsies before a fire. They’ve never even heard of hot chocolate. Scientists focus on two coldweather survival strategies that are used by living organisms, […]

Busy Bees

Posted: Sunday, July 31st, 2016 @ 7:41 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Busy Bees

Hot biscuits wouldn’t be nearly as tasty without a liberal layer of honey, and this is the time of year when the local bees get back to work creating more of that magical syrup. After breakfast this morning we did a quick calculation. We just ate the equivalent of the lifetime production of several dozen […]

Chipmunk Chatter

Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2016 @ 7:34 am in Mammals | Comments Off on Chipmunk Chatter

Chock, chock, chock, chock …. A metronomelike chirp resounded through the forest in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains. The sound was so similar to a bird call that it puzzled us at first. What is it, we wondered. Doesn’t it ever shut up? For several minutes we peered into the gloom, watching and shifting position until we […]

A Tale of Dragons and Damsels

Posted: Saturday, June 25th, 2016 @ 10:03 am in Bugs | Comments Off on A Tale of Dragons and Damsels

These dragons don’t chase damsels in distress. As a matter of fact, they don’t chase much of anything except small flying insects acceptable as food.  Oh yes, and other dragonflies. At a length of two to five inches, dragonflies are the modern world’s largest insects, but they’re puny by ancient standards. A dragonfly imprint dated to […]

Leave It To Beavers

Posted: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 @ 8:24 pm in Mammals | Comments Off on Leave It To Beavers

Nature lovers can’t easily watch beaver behavior, because the animals are, for the most part, creatures of the night. Yet we needn’t crouch on a stream bank swatting mosquitoes to know beavers are around. A dam reveals their presence. No matter how large this dam might be, a typical beaver pond supports just one family […]

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