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Maxwell's House

Maxwell's House

Jeff the Nature Guy introduces Maxwell, a young hedgehog with some impressive defenses against predators.

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Pecking Order

Pecking Order

Find out how many worms you can eat in 30 seconds!

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Outdoors just for kids: Rainbow trout are spawning right now

Outdoors just for kids: Rainbow trout are spawning right now

Rainbow trout are spawning right now, cruising reservoir shorelines as they look for a place to lay their eggs.

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Outdoors just for kids: Fruit flies can maneuver like fighter jets

Outdoors just for kids: Fruit flies can maneuver like fighter jets

Scientists spend a lot of time looking at fruit flies.

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Outdoors just for kids: Why zebras wear stripes

Outdoors just for kids: Why zebras wear stripes

Why zebras have stripes is a question that has puzzled people for more than 100 years.

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Outdoors just for kids: Beaked whales the best at holding their breath

Outdoors just for kids: Beaked whales the best at holding their breath

When my children were little, we always tried to hold our breath when we were driving through tunnels or over bridges. I wasn’t very good at i…

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Outdoors just for kids: Give deer, elk a break in springtime

Outdoors just for kids: Give deer, elk a break in springtime

We are entering crunch time. That time of the year when spring and winter play a tug of war, and depending on how it goes, deer and elk could …

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Outdoors just for kids: It takes a long time to raise an owl

Outdoors just for kids: It takes a long time to raise an owl

That hoot-hoot-hoot you heard at night or just before dawn in January is the mating call of the great horned owl. After mating, the owls will …

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Outdoors just for kids: Chipping sparrow males are true wingmen

Outdoors just for kids: Chipping sparrow males are true wingmen

Nations form alliances to protect each other from attack. People also do this, especially males, to defend each other. That’s where the phrase…

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Even big elephants need a hug

Even big elephants need a hug

It’s always nice to have someone comfort you when you get hurt, are scared or are feeling bad. Parents, friends, brothers and sisters can be g…

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Outdoors just for kids: Ants go floating one by one hurrah, hurrah

Outdoors just for kids: Ants go floating one by one hurrah, hurrah

When the weather is warm, I like to go rafting down rivers. My raft is made out of vinyl and has to be pumped full of air to float.

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Outdoors just for kids: A fishy trip to the ocean

Outdoors just for kids: A fishy trip to the ocean

Did you know that when young salmon swim downstream to enter the ocean, they travel backwards – tail first, 20 to 60 miles a day? That’s just …

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Outdoors just for kids: Coywolf has adapted to urban East

Outdoors just for kids: Coywolf has adapted to urban East

I watched a very interesting television show the other night about the coywolf – the offspring of a coyote and wolf that interbred.

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Outdoors just for kids: Some animals are built for cold winters

Outdoors just for kids: Some animals are built for cold winters

How can geese or ducks stand or sit for hours on an ice shelf next to a river’s open water? Of course they carry a nice, plump down coat, but …

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Outdoors just for kids: Calling a bat without a bat signal

Outdoors just for kids: Calling a bat without a bat signal

In the cartoon Batman, police commissioner Gordon sends for the caped crusader by shining a bat symbol into the dark night sky. In real life, …

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Outdoors just for kids: Ancient sharks did opposite of salmon

Outdoors just for kids: Ancient sharks did opposite of salmon

Salmon are an amazing fish. They are born in freshwater rivers and streams. But when they get older they swim downstream and into the salty oc…

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Outdoors just for kids: When bad breath is a good thing

Outdoors just for kids: When bad breath is a good thing

My dog has really bad breath. When she comes and pants next to me, it’s very stinky. Sometimes I get up and move so I don’t have to smell it.

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Outdoors just for kids: The wonders of frozen water

Outdoors just for kids: The wonders of frozen water

One of the neat things about winter is that when it’s cold the water on lakes, ponds and in the calm stretches of creeks and rivers freezes. S…

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Outdoors just for kids: Mushrooms make a mighty wind

Outdoors just for kids: Mushrooms make a mighty wind

There’s an old song that has a verse that goes: “the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.”

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Outdoors just for kids: Reindeer, caribou have a lot in common

Outdoors just for kids: Reindeer, caribou have a lot in common

Did you find any reindeer and sleigh tracks on your roof or in your yard on Christmas Day?

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Outdoors just for kids: Turning colors can stop a lizard fight

Outdoors just for kids: Turning colors can stop a lizard fight

Have you ever had your face turn red when you were embarrassed or angry?

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Outdoors just for kids: Why owls can fly so quietly

Outdoors just for kids: Why owls can fly so quietly

Owls are amazing predators. The mostly flat-faced birds typically hunt at night. Female owls tend to be larger than males. The great gray owl,…

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