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Nature Curiosity: Why Is Blue So Rare in the Animal Kingdom?

Creatures come in all sizes, shapes and colors, but not all colors are represented equally. Find out why blue is so rare in the animal kingdom.

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Creature Feature: The Creepy, Crawly Wolf Spider

With eight long legs, eight eyes and fangs for mouthparts, wolf spiders look scarier than they are. In reality, they aren't dangerous at all, and they play an important role in the ecosystem.

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What's The Difference?: Ladybug vs. Lady Beetle

Ladybug or lady beetles? Are these creatures one and the same?

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Now Is The Time To Sow Native Seeds For Spring Sprouts

If you're adding native wildflowers to your yard, this is a great time of year to get started. Seeds planted in the fall will germinate in the spring. 

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Good News For Those Who Hate Yard Work: You Can Skip Raking Your Leaves

Put down the rake. You don't need to clear all the leaves from your yard this fall. Leaving them where they fall is actually better for the environment and for your yard.

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Quiz: Test Your Spiny Softshell Turtle Knowledge

Find out on this 10-question quiz.

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It's Mating Season for Deer, Which Can Have Deadly Consequences

During this time, deer tend to move about more freely, causing an uptick in collisions with vehicles.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Beavers Hold Their Breath For So Long?

How do beavers stay under water for so long? Their bodies are specially designed for it.

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Trick or Treat? Halloween 2020 Treats Us with a Rare Blue Moon

A full moon on Halloween seems about right for 2020. Even better, Halloween's full moon will be a blue moon because it's the second full moon of the month.

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Myth Buster: Spider Silk Is As Strong As Steel? It's Not Quite So Simple

Is spider silk as strong as steel? Yes and no. 

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Fake Spider Webs Are The Stuff of Nightmares For Wildlife

Fake spider webs are a popular Halloween decoration, but they can be a death trap for wildlife.

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Creature Feature: The More Vulnerable Spiny Softshell Turtle

Softshell turtles are a little different than most turtles. Learn what sets them apart and how they compensate.

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Watch Your Step: Stink Bugs Are Making Their Way Indoors

With summer-like temperatures behind us, it's the time of year when stink bugs start making their way into our homes. Resist the urge to stomp on or squish them or you'll quickly learn how these insects got their name.

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Quiz: Are You A Monarch Master?

Test you knowledge about monarchs with this 10-question quiz.

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What's The Difference: Frog Vs. Toad

Frogs and toads are both amphibians, and the differences between them can be confusing and subtle.

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Stone Repair Work Begins Monday at Messenger Marsh

10/23/2020

Use caution on the trail at Messenger Marsh preserve starting Monday, October 26, as workers will be using dump trucks and tractors to drop crushed limestone onto the trail.

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Vermont Cemetery's History and Prairie Roots Showcased in Facebook Live Tour

10/23/2020

The virtual tour, led by program coordinator Jen Guest, will delve into the history of the people buried in the cemetery as well as the prairie remnant, untouched by human development, that is growing around the tombstones. 

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