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Bat Facts You Won’t Find in “The Dark Knight Rises”

7/19/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Back when The Dark Knight was released in 2008, we made a very solid case for “7 Reasons Bats are Just as Cool as Batman.” Really, who can challenge these amazing flying mammals, especially when put up against what is essentially […] Read more >

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Spiderman vs the Real Deal: Spider Powers

6/25/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The launch of the fourth Spiderman film on July 3rd marks the perfect time to contemplate Peter Parker and . . . you know . . . spiders, a.k.a. arachnids (from the Greek word meaning get this creepy thing outta here; just […] Read more >

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An Expert’s Tips: How to Make Better Nature Photos

5/21/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

You’ve probably seen photographer Rob Sheppard’s images in National Wildlife magazine. Based in Southern California, he’s worked as a nature photographer for nearly 30 years. In addition to shooting photos for magazines, he offers nature photography workshops in which he […] Read more >

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Animals That Grow Gardens

5/7/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

May is Gardening for Wildlife Month, in which green thumbs cultivate plants specifically to provide homes and food for wild animals. However, some animals take the role of cultivator into their own, uh, hands and grow their own gardens. Here […] Read more >

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Feeling Stressed!!?! Visit Doctor Nature

4/9/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Most of us probably feel we’re already plenty aware of stress, with anxiety over the economy and politics and getting by. But Stress Awareness Month, sponsored by the Health Resource Network, is a national, […] Read more >

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Animal Trickery: It’s No April Fool’s Joke

3/29/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

April Fool’s Day marks a time when lies, trickery and deception are okay, even encouraged, provided they’re done harmlessly and in a spirit of fun. In the nonhuman world, however, trickery can be serious business, a way to live long and […] Read more >

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12 Ways Nature Can Help You Forecast Weather

3/12/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The weather. Wherever you go, there it is, sometimes adding perfection to a day or night, sometimes ruining the best laid plans. But to be forewarned is to be forearmed, if by armed you mean having a rain suit at […] Read more >

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4 Things to Know About Daylight Savings Time

3/7/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The time for our clocks to spring forward is almost upon us—the second Sunday in March, when we move our timepieces one hour head at 2 a.m. Although Daylight Savings Time (DST) is all about time, it actually has a […] Read more >

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Why Leap Year: The Planetary Connection

2/27/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

This year promises to be a long one—a full day longer than usual—because 2012 is a Leap Year, composed of 366 days instead of the typical 365. And wouldn’t you know that U.S. presidential election cycles pop up during Leap […] Read more >

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Valentine’s Day: A Holiday for Real Animals

2/13/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Naturalist, writer and NWF Conservation Hall of Fame inductee Ernest Thompson Seton, whose animal tales were popular among a wide audience in the early 1900s, wrote in Wild Animals I Have Known, “Man has nothing that the animals have not at […] Read more >