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 the hot, dry prairie of central and Eastern Montana.
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 themselves warm and could die from a prolonged wet and cold spell.
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 their webs. They are so sticky.
The Amazon River is very muddy, so muddy that fish that swim in its water have developed special abilities to live there.
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 independent.
When you drink a soda with a straw, do you ever blow back through the straw and make a bunch of bubbles?
Octopuses are odd-looking creatures. They are members of a class of mollusks called cephalopods, which also includes squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses.
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 also a lot of work. They have to plan the route they will drive, where you will camp and figure out how many meals to pack, buy the groceries and load th…
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 feat of migration. Some of those birds, weighing just a few ounces, fly thousands of miles from the tropics to the northern forests.
Although polar bears may not slide around on the ice catching Coca-Cola bottles like you’ve seen in television commercials, the big white bruins may be a lot more adaptable to finding different foods than scientists once thought.
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 from flower to flower, they spread pollen that helps the plants reproduce.
Across the country, state and federally owned hatcheries raise fish like rainbow trout that are placed in lakes and streams. Often, the fish are put in lakes where the fish can’t reproduce naturally.
Rainbow trout are spawning right now, cruising reservoir shorelines as they look for a place to lay their eggs.
Scientists spend a lot of time looking at fruit flies.
Why zebras have stripes is a question that has puzzled people for more than 100 years.
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 it, but it broke up the drive.
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 be the losers.
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 continue to hoot to stake out a territory and warn other owls away.
Nations form alliances to protect each other from attack. People also do this, especially males, to defend each other. That’s where the phrase “I’ve got your back” comes from, meaning one person will watch out for the other, most often in difficult situations.
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 good at making you feel safer and better.
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.
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 one of the unusual things about migrating salmon that scientists have learned as they’ve researched the fish in the Columbia River.
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.