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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?

Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Migratory Birds Know Where To Go?

Many birds travel hundreds if not thousands of miles twice each year during their migration with no map to guide them. How do they know what route to take?

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Birds' Feet Freeze?

Ever shiver at the sight of birds on the ice in the dead of winter? No need to worry. Geese and other waterfowl are built to withstand these harsh conditions.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Flocks of Birds Coordinate?

Birds flying in formation can be an awe-inspiring feat of nature, but how do the birds do it? And why?

Nature Curiosity: Why Does Some Snow Sparkle?

Did you notice this weekend's snow was especially glittery? Scientists call it 'snow sparkle,' an effect caused by sunlight reflecting off ice crystals in the snow.

Nature Curiosity: Why Do Coyotes Howl?

The sound of a coyote howling in the night is enough to stop people in their tracks, but have you ever stopped to think about what they are saying?

Nature Curiosity: Do Animals Get Sunburned?

If you've ever spent a long day in the sun with no sunscreen, you've probably paid the price in the form of a bad sunburn. But are animals at risk for painful sunburns too?

Nature Curiosity: Why Do Bees Sting?

Bees sting for a simple reason: to defend themselves from danger.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Spiders Make Silk?

Spider silk is stronger than any other fiber on Earth, but how do these eight-legged creatures make it? They are specially equipped for making silk, with glands and structures designed for just that purpose.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Learn To Fly?

Birds don't hatch knowing how to fly. Much like babies learning to walk, learning to fly is a process for baby birds, one that often involves a lot of trial and error.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Hear?

If you’ve thought to yourself 'Do birds have ears?,' well the answer to that question is both yes and no.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Animals See in the Dark?

Each night as darkness falls, we begin to wind down our day, eventually settling in for sleep. For many animals, however, these same cues that signal the end of our day mean it’s time to start theirs.

Nature Curiosity: Why Do Gnats Swarm?

Have you ever ridden a bike through a swarm of gnats and gotten a mouth full of bugs? There's a good reason why they congregate like that.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Deer Stay Warm in Winter?

Deer can't escape the cold during a long, harsh winter, so how do they survive? They rely on a combination of adaptations and behavioral changes to make it through the cold winter months.

Nature Curiosity: Why Do Birds Have Feathers and Not Fur or Scales?

Birds' feathers make them unique in the animal kingdom, and those feathers help birds in many ways.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Survive With Broken Beaks?

Can a bird survive with a broken beak? It often depends on where the injury is and how severe it is, as well as whether the bird can still eat.

Nature Curiosity: What Happens to the Animals During a Prescribed Burn?

What happens to animals during a prescribed burn? Most are able to safely escape the flames. In fact, these burns are designed specifically to minimize injury and death to animals and, as a result, create healthier habitats for them.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Owls Turn Their Heads So Far?

While it’s a common misconception that owls can turn their heads 360 degrees, they still can perform some pretty dramatic feats when it comes to checking out their environment

Nature Curiosity: How Do Antlers Grow So Fast?

Deer antlers seem to grow overnight, and in reality they actually do. A buck's antlers can grow a quarter inch a day, but it's a process that requires a lot of energy.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Turtles Breathe Underwater While Hibernating?

How do turtles breathe while they are underwater all winter? By breathing through their butts, so to speak.

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Bats Get Dizzy When Hanging Upside Down?

Hanging upside down for even a few seconds will leave anyone feeling dizzy and a little lightheaded, so how do bats do it?

Meet Shirlee, Our New Blanding's Turtle Ambassador

With a new addition to the Blanding's turtle exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, the current crop of ambassador turtles will be getting a little help in educating the public on the plight of this state-endangered species.

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