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The RSPB Big School's Birdwatch!

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Big Schools’ Birdwatch is about to celebrate its fifteenth birthday – but if you’ve not heard of Big Schools’ Birdwatch before we'll give you a little bit of background detail.

A Dearth of Wintering Waterfowl

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Since Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area remains closed for duck hunting, a friend and I visited a few other hotspots south and west of Columbia. On this cool, cloudy morning, our first stop was at the city's wastewater wetlands in the Perche Creek Valley. Show More Summary

Ten birds you might not know are endangered

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

More than a quarter of the UK's birds are now on the Red List for endangered species. Some of them may surprise you...

Private Solutions for Social Problems

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The accomplishments of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and this week's announcement that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife will donate almost all of their Facebook stock to a nonprofit organization that will address a variety of social...Show More Summary

Cats’ Internet Antics Belie Their Inner Narcissism, and They’d Eat You if They Could

Excerpted from Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong, edited by Caroline Casey, Chris Fischbach, and Sarah Schultz. Out now from Coffee House Press. I don’t hate all cats. I like only one. Her name is Aligato. Aligato is my neighbor’s cat, and even...Show More Summary

Why Elephants Don’t Get Cancer

Being an elephant is risky business. I'm not talking about poaching, habitat loss, or fighting with males in musth—I'm talking about the simple fact of living. Every time an elephant cell divides, it runs the risk of going haywire and developing into an out-of-control tumor. Show More Summary

Big, Bad Botany: Hemlock (Conium maculatum), the Philosopher’s Choice

All week on Wild Things we’ll be presenting our favorite dangerous, horrifying, and monstrous plants, excerpted from The Big, Bad Book of Botany: The World’s Most Fascinating Flora by Michael Largo. Out now from William Morrow. Hemlock is yet another highly toxic plant that can cause serious health problems, even death. Show More Summary

Giving Up on Feeders

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

I know there are "squirrel proof" and "raccoon resistant" feeders out there; in fact, I've tried quite a few over the years without much success. I truly don't mind if those critters snack on the birdseed but, in most cases, they also...Show More Summary

last rites of autumn - wichita mountain wildlife refuge - oklahoma

Fall leaves peaking in Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge The last rites of Autumn, taken earlier this evening in my beloved Wichita Mountains. So good to be back home so many thousands of miles later. Under a most luminous...Show More Summary

Snows in the Morning Sky

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Returning from my campus walk this morning, I thought I heard the distant call of snow geese (despite my headphones). Sure enough, a large flock wavered overhead in the cold, blue December sky.Farther west, a much larger flock, linear in configuration and at least a mile long, passed in front of the half moon. Show More Summary

Wild Dogs Are Vicious Killers With a Surprisingly Generous Social Life

When people think of the animals of Africa, they worry about getting crushed by elephants or chased across the savannah by a pride of lions. Maybe they fear getting Mufasa-ed by wildebeest or buffalo, envenomated by black mambas, gored by hippos, or drowned by crocs. But this is silly. Show More Summary

No Drone Zones

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Advancing drone technology has led to the increasing use of these unmanned craft by the military, security agencies, agriculture, engineering firms and other industries. Of course, they have also become very popular among want-to-beShow More Summary

Volcanic Rocks

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Volcanic rocks are those that form from compacted volcanic ash (tephra) or from cooled volcanic lava. Tuff, a light weight, porous rock, forms from layers of tephra that are subjected to heat and compression over millions of years.Lava...Show More Summary

The Good Dinosaur Should Have Let Dinosaurs Evolve

The Good Dinosaur is a weird little movie. Despite the animated film’s immense budget and the sweeping vistas of Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah that serve as the backdrop for the alternate history tale, it’s really a small, simple story of “a boy and his dog,” only this time the boy is a dinosaur and the dog is a boy. Show More Summary

A Thanksgiving Crowd

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On this Thanksgiving Day, it looked very much like late November in central Missouri. A gray overcast, broken by pockets of blue, stretched above the dull, pre-winter landscape; while most of the trees are barren, the oaks still retain their dead, brown leaves. Show More Summary

Food for Wildlife

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

After three lean years, our oak trees finally produced a bumper crop of acorns last September. Forewarned by hordes of blue jays screaming from the treetops as they plucked ripe acorns from the oaks, I had to be careful on our steep trails not to slide on the fallen nuts that were more hazardous than […]

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