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Learning about spring flowers: List of wildflowers

For many parts of the world, snow and frost is slowly melting. And the water is seeping into the ground. Many of the seeds that were once asleep are now beginning to bloom. Many flowers are beginning to appear in different places. Some particular flowers are amazingly the source of food for many insects and animals. But what’s more wonderful than to look at these…

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How to make a homemade pinecone birdfeeder

Red Cardinal birds like to eat the crunchy seeds. Finches like to nimble on those seeds. And Woodpeckers like to peck away at the nearest branches. But in winter, there are few or no food sources for some of these amazing birds. Many of them depend on the countless backyard feeders placed by humans. Or, they may not have enough food to eat or to share…

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How do rodents use their teeth for survival?

When it comes to seeing the display of so many animals in the wild, can you guess which ones have the biggest and toughest teeth? Did you ever wonder what type of teeth makes the best tools for grabbing food, carrying their young, or making their home? Beavers and squirrels use their teeth to grip, to dig, and to eat. Beavers are called Castor canadensis.…

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Fun outdoor project: Using recycled crayons to identify leaves

Botany or the study of plants is a great way to introduce simple and basic plant concepts. Plants have many components like leaves, which make parts of trees, bushes, and flowers. When plants grow, they can produce seeds, fruits and leaves. But leaves are powerful producers of photosynthesis. They harness the sunlight energy in the presence of carbon dioxide and water to manufacture sugars necessary…

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How is the winter solstice around the world?

For many parts of the World, the winter season has arrived (or perhaps summer); depending on which hemisphere you live in. But let us consider how winter is described in the Northern Hemisphere. The solstice and equinox dates mark the beginning of summer and winter, with the solstice date in June being the longest day of summer and equinox date in September being the beginning…

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Hibernation: How Animals Prepare for Winter

Hibernation is one of the most exciting times for animals. Many animals get ready for the long, cold months of winter. They’ve probably spent most of the fall season gathering all the food they could possibly collect to prepare for hibernation. But what are the preparations for the winter? According to Webster dictionary, hibernation is “to be or become inactive or dormant” or a better way to…

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Windmills: Powerful tools for renewable energy

Ever wonder how that water gets to the farm and the animals there. Ever wonder how the grain in your cereal box, pasta, or bread gets there. Ever wonder what that big tower with spinning blades on a field in a farm is for. Those mechanical towers are called windmills. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, windmill is “a mill or machine operated by the wind usually acting on…

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5 top wind farms as makers of renewable energy

Wind with its power can produce enough energy to light up a city, provide energy for a factory, and even fly a kite. With something so remarkable as wind power, it is also a marker of the seasons changing. Actually, wind is the forces of air that flows along waters. According to the U.S. Energy Information, wind is just simply air in motion. Wind is created upon how…

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The Hawksbill turtle unbelievable odds

As the sun slowly hid in the distant horizon, an unexpected surprised started to unfold in a nearby sand nest. Miniature, small hatchlings were surfacing from a Hawksbill or tortoiseshell turtle nest. Hawksbill sea turtles are named for their mouth appearance; it looks like a Hawk’s beak. Perhaps, it may have taken only a couple of months to hatch from the thousands of eggs beneath…

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