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Outdoors just for kids: Some of the best presents are free

Outdoors just for kids: Some of the best presents are free

Being a youngster and trying to find a present for your mom, dad or grandparent is tough. Old people seem to already have all of the stuff the…

December 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Lots of plastic ends up in oceans

Outdoors just for kids: Lots of plastic ends up in oceans

Humans have a lot of stuff made out of plastic. Many of your toys probably contain plastic. Water, milk and soda bottles are made of plastic. …

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Outdoors just for kids: Flying squid are trying to avoid predators

Outdoors just for kids: Flying squid are trying to avoid predators

Have you ever heard of a flying squid?

December 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: 8 wild facts about turkeys

Outdoors just for kids: 8 wild facts about turkeys

So you thought there was nothing to know about turkeys except whether you liked drumsticks or white meat. Think again. Here are eight facts ab…

November 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Rare buck deer have fangs

Outdoors just for kids: Rare buck deer have fangs

This may sound like a story better told around Halloween, but did you know that there is a deer that lives in Afghanistan that has big fangs?

November 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: It’s safer to be loud if you’re a colorful frog

Outdoors just for kids: It’s safer to be loud if you’re a colorful frog

In nature, being loud can be trouble, especially if you are a frog.

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Outdoors just for kids: Some puny packers may be just as strong

Outdoors just for kids: Some puny packers may be just as strong

Just because you are little doesn’t mean you can’t carry a heavy backpack, just ask an ant.

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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.

September 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

September 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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…

August 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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…

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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.

July 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 editor for the Billings Gazette.

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