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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.

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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?

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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 …

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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 …

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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…

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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.

April 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 editor for the Billings Gazette.

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