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Alabama Residents on Alert for Wasp “Super Nests”

Alabama Residents on Alert for Wasp “Super Nests”

Imagine walking into your tool shed and seeing a nest, several feet wide, buzzing with as many as 18,000 wasps. That’s the unnerving reality that a growing number of Americans in southern states are facing this summer. Charles Ray, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says that while he usually sees 1 or […]

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One Sweet Thing: Mexico’s Famed Rescue Dog Retires

One Sweet Thing: Mexico’s Famed Rescue Dog Retires

A famous yellow lab who saved 12 lives and recovered 41 bodies during her career as a search and rescue dog is being honored as she retires from her post. As AFP reported,  Frida the rescue dog gained worldwide fame for her heroics after the earthquake that devastated Mexico on September 19, 2017, officially retired […]

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One Cool Thing:  First Ever Recording of a Right Whale Singing

One Cool Thing: First Ever Recording of a Right Whale Singing

Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recorded for the first time ever the “singing” by a rare and endangered North Pacific Right Whale.  Humpback whales are known for their songs, but no one has ever before recorded right whales of any type singing.  The government scientists heard four distinct songs over […]

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8 Cool Facts to Celebrate Cephalopod Week

8 Cool Facts to Celebrate Cephalopod Week


This week is Cephalopod Week, which runs from June 21 to 28, and as such, we wanted to give a s/o to all the octopuses, squids (especially the giant ones!), and cuttlefish that make the world’s ocean more lively. Check out these 8 cool facts about cephalopods that you may not know. Bonus fact: octopuses have […]

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Georgia Loggerhead Sea Turtles Thriving Thanks to Community Engagement

Georgia Loggerhead Sea Turtles Thriving Thanks to Community Engagement

It is the middle of sea turtle nesting season along the Georgia coast, which typically occurs between May and September, and The New York Times reports that researchers there are crossing their fingers, hoping for a banner year. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which has an active sea turtle monitoring program, nesting season started early. 

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How to Save Local Wildlife this Pool Season

How to Save Local Wildlife this Pool Season

By Madison Pravecek We are well past Memorial Day which means one thing for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere: pool season! While you may be really excited to use your personal or community pool, for many small animals pools can be quite treacherous. When frogs, chipmunks, salamanders, insects, or other animals enter a […]

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One Cool Thing: Captured Belugas Return to Icelandic Sanctuary

One Cool Thing: Captured Belugas Return to Icelandic Sanctuary

After being captured from the while and performing for years in a Shanghai aquarium, two 12-year-old beluga whales named Little Grey and Little White will be flown to a whale sanctuary in Iceland where they will be able to live out the remainder of their lives. Their new sanctuary is roughly 6,000 miles from Shanghai, […]

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New US-Canada Study Shows Right Whale Deaths Overwhelmingly Caused by Humans

New US-Canada Study Shows Right Whale Deaths Overwhelmingly Caused by Humans

A joint U.S.-Canada scientific paper published yesterday in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms looked at the causes of death for 70 North Atlantic right whales within the 16-year time period between 2003 and 2018 and found that of the 43 for which the researchers could determine a cause of death, nearly 90% were a direct result of entanglement in fishing lines and vessel collisions.

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One Cool Thing: Millennials are Taking Up Birding as a Hobby

One Cool Thing: Millennials are Taking Up Birding as a Hobby


When you think of birding you might think of a nice older man sitting in the woods with a book of native bird species a pair of binoculars around his neck. But this week we’ve conveyed that Millennials are defying stereotypes in all sorts of ways including the fact that conservation agencies are reporting more […]

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One Pride Thing: Denver Zoo’s Hottest New Couple

One Pride Thing: Denver Zoo’s Hottest New Couple

In honor of Pride Month, the Denver Zoo introduced a same-sex flamingo couple they have named  Lance Bass and Freddie Mercury.  The couple has been “together” since 2014, according to the zookeepers there.  Apparently, the zoo names all its flamingos after musicians and they wanted to name these two after LGBTQ+ icons.  According to Live […]

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Pets Increasingly Getting Their Due Thanks To Millennials

Pets Increasingly Getting Their Due Thanks To Millennials

Millennials are much more likely to enjoy their job and want to stay if they are allowed to bring their pets to work, according to a recent survey by Nationwide Insurance.  And a millennial who sued the Meeker Housing Authority in Denver, Colorado for violating the federal rights of tenants with disabilities by charging a fee for companion animals recently agreed to settle his case against the authority for nearly $1 million.  Millennials are increasingly forcing a change in U.S. society’s attitudes toward pets.  

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One Undead Thing: NC Parks Officials Warn of “Zombie” Snake

One Undead Thing: NC Parks Officials Warn of “Zombie” Snake

According to ABC News, parks and recreation officials in North Carolina issued a warning about a so-called “zombie snake” in the state that tends to “play dead.” The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation shared images of the eastern hognose snake on its Facebook page, warning residents to stay alert if they happen to come […]

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