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Hungry grizzly bears

Hungry grizzly bears

Jeff the Nature Guy talks about the grizzly bears at ZooMontana, and their extra foraging to fatten up for winter.

October 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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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: Why mountain lions use treadmills

Outdoors just for kids: Why mountain lions use treadmills

Imagine going to the gym where your parents exercise and seeing a mountain lion on a treadmill. Crazy, right? Yet researchers were able to tra…

October 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Some ants are good at trick and treat

Outdoors just for kids: Some ants are good at trick and treat

It’s fun to wear costumes on Halloween and go door-to-door collecting free candy. Sometimes when you dress up, even people you know don’t reco…

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Outdoors just for kids: Taking the mystery out of double rainbows

Outdoors just for kids: Taking the mystery out of double rainbows

It seems like I have seen a lot more double rainbows this summer. I wondered why.

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Outdoors just for kids: Thunder and lightning, very, very frightening

Outdoors just for kids: Thunder and lightning, very, very frightening

Last week there was a noisy rainstorm that came through Billings. There was a lot of thunder and lightning in the storm, making loud booms and…

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Outdoors just for kids: Snakey fish can live out of water

Outdoors just for kids: Snakey fish can live out of water

The next time you go fishing from the bank, think about this: some fish can survive out of the water and can actually move across the land.

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Outdoors just for kids: Bears will do anything for a donut

Outdoors just for kids: Bears will do anything for a donut

Bears are smart, and when there is a chance that they may get food – like figuring out how to break into a car – they are very creative and wi…

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Outdoors just for kids: Great white sharks can get very, very old

Outdoors just for kids: Great white sharks can get very, very old

Great white sharks don’t use canes or wheelchairs, but recent research has shown that some of the fish are as old as your grandpa or grandma.

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Outdoors just for kids: Octopus’s eggs take almost 4.5 years to hatch

Outdoors just for kids: Octopus’s eggs take almost 4.5 years to hatch

Some egg-laying mothers have to be pretty patient. That’s because it can take days and days before the eggs hatch.

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Outdoors just for kids: Animals have different ways to beat summer heat

Outdoors just for kids: Animals have different ways to beat summer heat

Amphibians, like boreal chorus frogs and tiger salamanders, need to keep their skin moist and cool. That can be hard to do during summer on th…

July 31, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Odds are tough for young birds to take wing

Outdoors just for kids: Odds are tough for young birds to take wing

Picture a bird on a nest. By now most birds have hatched their young, yet depending on the species, those young are not adults, cannot keep th…

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Outdoors just for kids: Some spiders are fishy

Outdoors just for kids: Some spiders are fishy

Spiders can be kind of creepy. They can rappel down on those tiny silk threads and land on your head. In the woods, I hate walking through the…

July 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Getting a charge out of electric eels

Outdoors just for kids: Getting a charge out of electric eels

The Amazon River is very muddy, so muddy that fish that swim in its water have developed special abilities to live there.

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Outdoors just for kids: It's tough being a sea otter's mom

Outdoors just for kids: It's tough being a sea otter's mom

Mothers are great. When you are little, they help feed you and teach you how to take care of yourself so that when you grow up, you can be ind…

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Outdoors just for kids: Why sagebrush suck and blow

Outdoors just for kids: Why sagebrush suck and blow

When you drink a soda with a straw, do you ever blow back through the straw and make a bunch of bubbles?

June 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Why octopuses don’t get stuck on themselves

Outdoors just for kids: Why octopuses don’t get stuck on themselves

Octopuses are odd-looking creatures. They are members of a class of mollusks called cephalopods, which also includes squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses.

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Outdoors just for kids: Animals' summer trips are no vacation

Outdoors just for kids: Animals' summer trips are no vacation

Are you going on a summer vacation this year? Traveling can be fun, but as your parents will remind you — maybe over and over again — it’s als…

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Outdoors just for kids: The perils of spring migration

Outdoors just for kids: The perils of spring migration

One day it’s drab outside, the next day there is a colorful bit of fluff and feathers in the front yard that has just accomplished an amazing …

May 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Polar bears adapt to changing food sources

Outdoors just for kids: Polar bears adapt to changing food sources

Although polar bears may not slide around on the ice catching Coca-Cola bottles like you’ve seen in television commercials, the big white brui…

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Outdoors just for kids: Some bees find plastic is perfect for nests

Outdoors just for kids: Some bees find plastic is perfect for nests

Bees are amazing little bugs. They hum around at this time of year seeking out flowers and blossoms on trees in search of nectar. As they fly …

May 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Hatcheries raise fish for us to catch

Outdoors just for kids: Hatcheries raise fish for us to catch

Across the country, state and federally owned hatcheries raise fish like rainbow trout that are placed in lakes and streams. Often, the fish a…

May 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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