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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

Mighty Migrants

Oct 26, 2015

An airplane pilot sits behind a panel of instruments that help get the plane safely to its destination.  Migrating birds, it seems, use some of the same tools.

Photo of three trumpet swans flying over water

Bird Flock Talk

Oct 19, 2015

“Birds of a feather, flock together.” Whoever coined that phrase noticed that when birds group together, they are usually of the same kind. But, what benefit do birds get from flocking?

Photo of two northern shoveler males flying.

The Sights and Sounds of Fall

Oct 12, 2015

Autumn sights are unmistakable. The landscape is awash with the colors of changing leaves. Sunsets are coppery. Fall smells are evocative: cider, smoke from burning leaves, and the singed pumpkin of a jack-o-lantern plug.

Beatuiful fall colors in Hartsburg's river bottom.

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