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American toads use the leaf litter to hide and hibernate.

6 Excuses to Avoid Yard Work This Fall

11/21/2013 // By Dani Tinker

They grow. They turn brilliant colors. They capture our hearts. Then they make a mess. Leaves can be a hassle, but put the rake down for a moment. It turns out, leaving the leaves in your yard is beneficial to both […] Read more >

Box Turtle (Photo by Brian Hefele)

Sleeping Animals that are as Shutdown as the Government

10/11/2013 // By Danielle Brigida

While our government is still hibernating, I wanted to highlight some fascinating ways wildlife “shutdown”. 8 Random Facts About Animal “Shutdowns” 1. Eastern box turtles spend nights concealed in a shallow depression in soil or leaf litter. They not only sleep and […] Read more >