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Making Backyard Bird Feeders with Kids

It's hard to feel connected with wildlife if you aren't exposed to it. But by feeding birds where you live, you'll get a daily dose of visitors. While some species will visit all year round, others are migratory, passing through only during certain seasons. And others will surprise you by coming dressed in brightly colored breeding plumage, after you become accustomed to seeing them in their relatively dull winter tones.

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Kits and Cubs

Animals, just like people, often share the same name!  But don't be fooled - a name isn't everything. Our earlier blog posts about Joeys and Calves demonstrate how many baby animals can be called the same thing, no matter their size or species. This time, we are going to look at the different animals that are called Kits and Cubs. 

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February 01, 2018

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Joeys - Baby Marsupials

Marsupials are special mammals whose young are carried and suckled inside their mother's pouch. Those of us who are from North America have probably come across an opossum meandering down the street late at night. If you are really lucky, one might have even hissed at you, asking you to give it some space.

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Calves Aren't Just Baby Cows!

Humpback whale calf and mother

When you hear the word calf, what's the first baby animal that comes to mind?  For most people, they would think of a baby cow.  Perhaps, surprisingly, a "calf" is the name for lots of baby animals - ranging in size from the cat-sized aardvark to the mighty whale!  The word "calf" is also the term used to describe a chunk of ice that breaks from a glacier or iceberg.

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January 03, 2018

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Why do Baby Animals Play?

Baby  Animals Playing by Suzi Eszterhas

Suzi's new book series is all about baby animals, and the first title focuses on play. Babies love to play, no matter what species they are.  Of course, it's fun to do (and to watch!), but that's not the only reason they do it.  What drives youngsters to play, despite the obvious caloric expense that it entails?

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December 20, 2017

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What's the Difference Between an Ape and a Monkey?

Chimpanzee - an ape

Lots of people have pet peeves.  Ours is a bit unusual. Or maybe not, given the content of our website.  Walking through the zoo, people love to "ooh" and "aah" over the animals they see. Us included.  But when someone says, "look at the monkey" when they are looking at a chimpanzee, it's more than we can take.

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December 06, 2017

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Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Northern Cardinal

Many people think that all scientists are hidden away in sterile laboratories, doing research that the rest of us can't comprehend.  While that may be true for some specialists, other scientists are conducting their work amongst the rest of us. One characteristic that scientists share is their need for data to prove (or disprove) their theories.  That's where the rest of us can help.  

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