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The Eggcellent Bird’s Egg

Jun 20, 2016

Eggs come in an amazing variety of sizes, colors and even shapes. Egg colors could fill an artist’s palette, from robin’s egg blue to a buffy pink, and even mauve, purple and green.

Four American robin eggs in a nest. They are a brilliant shade of blue.

The Pint-Sized Hummingbird

Jun 13, 2016

A “glittering fragment of the rainbow” is what an early American naturalist called the hummingbird.

Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight

Armadillo Crossing

Jun 06, 2016

Various kinds of armadillos are found in the warm climates of Central and South America. But one species has made a home in the southern half of the United States.

Hungry, Hungry Caterpillars

May 30, 2016

The bright wings of butterflies catch your eyes. Many people notice butterflies, but few notice typically drab caterpillars.

A monarch butterfly caterpillar feeds on a milkweed plant.

Send in the Wrens!

May 23, 2016

Wrens are among the smallest songbirds, yet they make their presence known in a big way. They are both loud and persistent singers.

house wren

Make Your Backyard a Haven for Nature

May 16, 2016

If you want to turn your backyard into wildlife habitat, you can.

Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

May 09, 2016

While the steadfast tortoise wins his race with the hare, when it comes to contests with automobiles, turtles always lose.

An ornate box turtle walking.

Bird Songs: Nature’s Soundtrack

May 02, 2016

No one knows if birds really sing for joy, but we do know birds have other good reasons for singing.

Photo of an American Robin

Of a Certain Age

Apr 25, 2016

Journeying to exotic places and riding the wind are part of life for some animals. But a first birthday is not!

Image of a monarch

The Swallowtails’ Tale

Apr 18, 2016

In nature no insect is quite like the swallowtail.

Photo of a Black Swallowtail, Male, Wings Spread

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