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Chimpanzee Archeology: Tool-Use Shows That Humans and Apes Closer Than Thought

8/14/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

When archeologists began to look at chimpanzees and their longstanding use of tools, some conventional thinking about the separation between man and beast got a little fuzzier.   Science Daily.com reports: “Julio Mercader, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Tropical […] Read more >

Bird Travels 8,000 Miles — One Way!

8/12/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Some birds give new definition to the term “migration.” RedOrbit.com reports: “A bar-tailed godwit, a bird banded near Victoria, Australia, was found more than 8,000 miles away in the western Arctic area of Alaska, wildlife experts said. While tagged birds […] Read more >

BBC Short Film Young Meerkats Up Close and Personal

8/5/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

BBC’s Simon King on location in Africa has worked for days and weeks to get a Meerkat family to accept him.  In this clip he is close enough to be used for family play and a nap.  See video clip >> […] Read more >

Stuffed Animals Help Baby Beavers

8/2/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Animal rescue always has the risk of wild animals becoming too dependent on humans.  To save some baby beaver kits, PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, WA found that stuffed animals helped. KOMO News.com reports: “PAWS tries to minimize human interaction, but […] Read more >

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Fireflies!

7/31/2009 // By David Mizejewski

The weather’s warm and the kids are on summer vacation, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and encounter the insect icon of summertime: the firefly. Did you know? Fireflies are actually beetles, not flies.  Lightning bug, their […] Read more >

The American Crow Is One Smart Bird

7/21/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Crows are interesting and smart. How much?  Now there is a question. Blane Klemek, of the Bemidji Pioneer reports: “An interesting part of crows’ behavior is their sense of community with one another. It’s no mystery to anyone familiar with […] Read more >

Bird Watching: The American Robin

2/18/2009 // By David Mizejewski

Robins in Winter? American robins are found throughout North America and are a symbol of winter’s end. The first appearance of a robin is a sure sign that spring has sprung. But did you know that in most of the lower 48 […] Read more >

Valentine’s Day: Weird Wildlife Mating Rituals

2/13/2009 // By David Mizejewski

While they might not be giving roses and writing love poems, wildlife have some pretty fascinating–and sometimes downright bizarre–courtship and mating rituals of their own.You won’t find singles bars or online dating sites for our furry and feathered friends but […] Read more >

The Real Reasons for Groundhog Day

2/2/2009 // By Danielle Brigida

Punxsutawney Phil, America’s most famous weather forecaster, will have love, not weather, on his mind when he emerges from his hole on February 2. Researchers tracked 32 groundhogs for more than four years and concluded that the real reason for […] Read more >

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7 Reasons Bats are Just as Cool as Batman

7/22/2008 // By Danielle Brigida

Batman, the hero of Gotham and star of The Dark Knight, is a good guy faced with intense obstacles that sometimes make him an enemy in the eyes of his city. More often than not, he falls victim to the […] Read more >