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Wildlife Battle: Team Butterfly vs. Team Hummingbird

10/3/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Today is National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day. That’s a lot to handle in 24 hours. Here’s your chance to show your support for #TeamButterfly or #TeamHummingbird (only the brave will choose to support both)! Let’s raise awareness and show both […] Read more >

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Ruffled Feathers: The Scraggly Life of Molting Birds

9/10/2013 // By Dani Tinker

I’ve noticed some scraggly looking birds the past few weeks. This time of year, many species go through a molt, which leaves them with a rough appearance. How embarrassing! It sparked my curiosity. I know you’ve probably noticed your own […] Read more >

An Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly. National Wildlife Photo Contest entry by Nicholas Thompson.

Why Dragonflies Would Make Brilliant Spies

8/23/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Dragonflies are the spies of the natural world. They already have the deceptive cover. They are not dragons. They aren’t even flies. These fascinating creatures have been around for over 350 million years, evolving impressive abilities & sharp senses to take […] Read more >

Texas Wasp Moth

7 Moths that Make Butterflies Look Boring

7/24/2013 // By Dani Tinker

I still like butterflies, but let’s be honest, moths need some love. They just aren’t as popular as butterflies, and they certainly should be! Both belong to the large order of insects, Lepidoptera, which refers to the tiny scales covering most moth […] Read more >

Otter Swimming with Plastic Bottle

Declare Your Independence From Plastic

7/3/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Last week my colleague Sara wrote a blog post introducing us to the idea of “Plastic Free July.” It inspired me to accept the challenge and declare my independence from single-use plastic this month. This includes plastic bags, straws, packaging and […] Read more >

Mud Run

Get Dirty, Muddy, Happy and Healthy

6/29/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Who doesn’t love to splash in puddles, roll in mud, kick up dirt? Apparently a lot of people. Dirt has become a widespread fear for kids (and adults), and ultimately a barrier to getting outside. But mud is a key […] Read more >

Deer Head in Container

Wildlife Are Getting Their Heads Stuck in Our Trash

6/20/2013 // By Dani Tinker

I’ve noticed several stories about wildlife with their heads stuck in various containers. It makes me uncomfortable each time. I mean, they’re unable to see, eat, drink or get it off their head. Here’s a recap of stories this past […] Read more >

Endangered Karner Butterfly

It’s Endangered Species Day, Fantastic, Now What?

5/17/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Endangered Species day is May 17 and it’s special because we’re also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act! This single piece of legislation has prevented countless extinctions and protected animals and wildlife habitat from the harmful impact […] Read more >

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Mother’s Day Mishaps: Perfection in Nature is Boring

5/12/2013 // By Dani Tinker

As I thought about Mother’s Day this year, I recounted the wonderful memories I have outdoors with my mom. A pattern quickly emerged. My favorite experiences involve some level of imperfection, and that’s exactly what makes them special. Here’s a […] Read more >

Ms. Frizzle Magic School Bus

5 Reasons Ms. Frizzle Rocks as a Teacher

5/7/2013 // By Dani Tinker

It’s always an appropriate time to appreciate and acknowledge an incredible teacher. You might remember Ms. Frizzle, the quirky science teacher from The Magic School Bus books and TV show. Each story involves Ms. Frizzle and her students on spectacular […] Read more >