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A Raptor Thanksgiving

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

There must be a reason why we eat the things we do on Thanksgiving. Why is it that turkey is synonymous with the day? Why does cranberry sauce that isn't in the shape of a can feel so unwholesome? What brought together this particular dietary mixture in such a way as to weave common threads through dining rooms across the nation on a single November afternoon every year? Humans are peculiar in that we have the ability to choose what we eat, at least in most circumstances, at least in modern society. As a species, this wasn't always the case; for most species, it still isn't. Yet what makes an animal eat what it does? What makes an osprey go fishing while a Cooper's hawk would rather dart through the branches like a feathered maniac, killing unassuming songbirds wherever he goes? What makes a given raptor eat what it eats?

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Birds vs. Buildings (Part II)

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

In Part I we focused on ways that windows can be modified to reduce or eliminate bird-window collisions. Keeping in mind that in North America alone, over 2 billion annual migratory bird fatalities are building-collision related, this month we will look at other areas around the workplace and home that can be made more bird-friendly and bird-safe.

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Gail & Trick

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Every mammal has adaptations that ensure its livelihood in the wild world. Adaptations equal fantastic in my mind; consider the stripes on a tiger, the jaws of a shark and the quills on a porcupine. But among all mammalian species, only one has achieved true flight. This ability sends bats sailing free from terra firma nightly to hunt in a dimension not available to others of their kind.

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By: Carol Suits, Volunteer Coordinator

Visit these kid-friendly links:

"Lil' Drac" an orphaned bat
Feeding "Millie" a rescued bat
Video of osprey catching fish

Use your eagle eyes on this Migration word find:
Bird Safety Scramble
Bird Safety Scramble Solution

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