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The Cold-blooded Club

Jan 04, 2016

On winter walks, you don’t expect to hear from frog choruses, or see snakes and turtles. Where have these animals gone?

ringed salamander

The Peculiar Pileated Woodpecker

Dec 28, 2015

The pileated woodpecker is our largest woodpecker. The crow-sized bird uses its powerful beak to tear into decayed wood in search of beetle grubs and carpenter ants.

Photograph of a pileated woodpecker, side view

Identifying Trees by Their Silhouettes

Dec 21, 2015

Body shape: We’re always trying to change it, even rearrange it! But our friends can easily identify us by that unique individual silhouette–the one the mirror always tells us the truth about!

State Champion Slippery Elm

The Sparrow Saga

Dec 14, 2015

Even in the dead of winter, things can get pretty lively around a bird feeder. It’s a meeting place for cardinals, blue jays, nuthatches and those “little brown birds”… the sparrow.

white-crowned sparrow

Christmas Bird Counts

Dec 07, 2015

An early American holiday tradition was the annual Christmas bird hunt. Participants competed to count the most wild birds. Today, the Christmas Bird Count is a popular tradition around in the United States.

Photo of a ring-necked pheasant cock in flight.

Blue Jay Jamboree

Nov 30, 2015

For many of us, the flashy, bold blue jay was the first bird we learned to identify. Jays are conspicuous because of their size and striking color.

Photo of a blue jay on snow

Stream-ing Along

Nov 23, 2015

An organism’s habitat is where it lives; its home. Good habitats provide everything its inhabitants need to survive.

longnose gar

The Carbon Cycle

Nov 16, 2015

Everyone enjoys a crackling fire on a cold winter night. Besides providing warmth and cheer, fire is part of an essential chemical cycle, the carbon cycle.

Fall Color

Leave It to the Beaver!

Nov 09, 2015

Beavers are impressive mammals, and are suited for life in the water as well as on land.

Beaver on land, chewing log

Debunking Common Snake Myths

Nov 02, 2015

When discussing snakes, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. There are many myths about snakes. Immigrants brought myths from Europe and started new myths as they became acquainted with North American snakes.

prairie kingsnake


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