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Interesting Nature Facts #161 – Florida Scrub Jay

Interesting Nature Facts #161 – Florida Scrub Jay

The endangered and endemic Florida scrub jay is a cooperative breeder. When the offspring leave the nest, they stay with their parents and help them raise next year's brood instead of going off to raise young on their own. MORE PHOTOS OF BIRDS MORE INTERESTING NATURE...

Interesting Nature Facts #160 – Moose

Interesting Nature Facts #160 – Moose

Moose are the largest of the deer family, and can weigh up to 1600 pounds, and eat up to 100 pounds of vegetation at a time! While incredibly nearsighted, they can be very aggressive and can and will charge if threatened, and are capable of running at 35 mph! MORE...

Interesting Nature Facts #159 – Moss

Interesting Nature Facts #159 – Moss

Five very interesting things about moss: 1. Moss was the first plant on earth. 2. Moss don’t have roots, but rather thread-like rhizoids that help them stay snugly anchored in place. 3. While most mosses love wet habitats, some can be found in deserts and even growing...

Interesting Nature Facts #158 – Tachinid Flies

Interesting Nature Facts #158 – Tachinid Flies

While tachinid flies at first might look like large housefly, they have a very different lifestyle. These large spiky flies enjoy a plant-based diet, feeding on nectar from flowers and other botanical treats. But when it comes to laying eggs, it gets much darker and...

Interesting Nature Facts #157 – Barnacles

Interesting Nature Facts #157 – Barnacles

Did you know that barnacles are a type of stationary crustacean? Barnacles are in the same family as shrimp, crabs and lobsters and like most crustaceans, they are omnivorous predators that eat whatever they can catch with their modified “feeler” feet (called cirri)...

Interesting Nature Facts #156 – Garter Snakes

Interesting Nature Facts #156 – Garter Snakes

Most people know garter snakes as common and mostly harmless, but they are in fact mildly venomous. These beautiful snakes are what is known as rear-fanged, meaning they have enlarged back teeth connected to what is called the Duvernoy’s gland that they use to help...

Interesting Nature Facts #155 – Blackberries

Interesting Nature Facts #155 – Blackberries

Blackberries are one of the most delicious wild berries you can find on almost any continent and belong to the rose family, Rosaceae (notice all those thorns?). Did you know that what we call the blackberry isn’t actually a berry though? It’s technically an aggregate...

Interesting Nature Facts #154 – Salamanders

Interesting Nature Facts #154 – Salamanders

The word salamander comes from the Greek word for fire lizard. While not a lizard or a reptile, salamanders are amphibians and related to frogs, are nocturnal and have been around since at least 40 million years before the first dinosaur! While these amazing animals...

Interesting Nature Facts #152 – Skippers

Interesting Nature Facts #152 – Skippers

Skippers are a group of butterflies in the Hesperiidae family that are often mistaken for moths, as most of them are drab brown to orange. They have short wings and stubby bodies, but you can always tell it’s a skipper because they have their thin antennae clubs...

Interesting Nature Facts #153 – Pierid Butterflies

Interesting Nature Facts #153 – Pierid Butterflies

Pierid butterflies (also known as the sulphurs and whites) are very common light-colored yellow or white butterflies that belong to the Pieridae family, which are often found feeding energetically on the nectar of wildflowers. It is believed that the English word...

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