I watched a very interesting television show the other night about the coywolf – the offspring of a coyote and wolf that interbred.
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 what about their exposed feet?
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, a South American frog can unknowingly call real bats at night by simply making ripples in the water.
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 ocean’s waters where they grow up. They then return to where they were born to lay eggs and start the cycle all over again.
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.
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. Standing next to a frozen lake or pond, you can sometimes hear weird sounds like whale talk – that’s the ice contracting and expanding.
There’s an old song that has a verse that goes: “the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.”
Did you find any reindeer and sleigh tracks on your roof or in your yard on Christmas Day?
Have you ever had your face turn red when you were embarrassed or angry?
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, one of 12 species of owls found in the West, is the biggest. It can range from 24 to 33 inches in height – that’s a pretty big bird.
It’s December, brrrr. And if you believe the weather forecasters, it’s only going to get colder and snowier this winter. That’s great news if you like to ski, snowboard or snowmobile.
Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it is turkey day already again.
The whitetail deer ran from a clump of aspen trees as I rounded the corner of the road. I knew it was a whitetail because as they run, they stick their big white tail straight up into the air.
One fish, two fish. Yellow fish, blue fish.
When you were little, did your mother used to clean your ears out with a washcloth?
Happy Halloween! I hope you have a great costume picked out for trick or treating tonight. I saw some funny outdoor-themed costumes, including two parents dressed up as smores (the delicious graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate treat) and their child dressed up as a puffy marshmallow. I…
The other morning when I left home to run an errand, there was a white coating of frost spread across the grass. It also coated my truck’s windshield. And wouldn’t you know that my windshield scraper wasn’t in my truck. Hmm, I wonder where I put that darned thing.
There is a brilliant red maple tree in downtown Billings that is hard not to stare at as I drive down the street. The deep red color is such a contrast to the usual yellow or orange leaves we see around Montana in the fall.
Here is a great word for you. It is long, but it sounds really cool and describes a unique behavior. The word is crepuscular. (Pronounced cray-pus-cue-lar.)
Do you ever call your friends and tell them where you are going when you’re planning to go on a camping or fishing trip?
I don’t get very many requests for Just for Kids articles. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had any until recently. After writing about the noise crickets make and a way to figure out the temperature by counting a cricket’s chirps, a reader asked if crickets were the bugs making all of the noise …
Gears are really cool inventions that do things like run machines and help you pedal your bike. The gears on your bike are the round objects with teeth on them that the chain wraps around. When you push on the pedals, the gear moves and the chain moves and powers the back wheel’s gear.
If you don’t know where you are going, it helps to follow an adult. The same is true for young whooping cranes.
Crickets are odd little insects. They look like grasshoppers, but are more closely related to katydids. You rarely ever see them, but they make a lot of noise during summer nights.
There sure is a lot of smoke in the sky these days. That’s because there are a lot of fires burning in the forests around Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.