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Muskrat Housekeeping

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On warm summer evenings Leonard and I enjoy setting up chairs near a site where we might be able to observe wildlife. It is so pleasant to sit as the sun sets and see what animals and birds appear. A … Continue reading

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White-lined Sphinx Caterpillar

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  White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) caterpillars occur in a wide range of color phenotypes. These color patterns are so different that it sometimes is difficult to believe they all belong to the same species. The caterpillars have four basic … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Chicks

Sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis) chicks are hatching and can occasionally be seen following their parents amid marsh vegetation. It is always exciting to see these little cinnamon-colored youngsters. Sandhill crane chicks can leave the nest in about eight hours after … Continue reading

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Magpie Grooming Service

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Black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia) are known for picking ticks from the backs of large mammals such as deer, elk, moose and livestock. The magpie either eats the ticks or caches the excess for later use. Unfortunately, most of the cached … Continue reading

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Snake Skin

Ecdysis is the shedding our molting of scales in reptiles. Snake scales are extensions of the epidermis or outer layer of skin. When a snake is ready to molt it stops eating and hides or moves to a safe place. … Continue reading

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