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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.

June 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 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…

June 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 feat of migration. Some of those birds, weighing just a few ounces, fly thousands of miles from the tropics to the northern forests.

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 bruins may be a lot more adaptable to finding different foods than scientists once thought.

May 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 from flower to flower, they spread pollen that helps the plants reproduce.

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 are put in lakes where the fish can’t reproduce naturally.

May 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

April 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

April 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 it, but it broke up the drive.

April 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 be the losers.

March 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 continue to hoot to stake out a territory and warn other owls away.

March 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 “I’ve got your back” comes from, meaning one person will watch out for the other, most often in difficult situations.

March 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 good at making you feel safer and better.

March 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

February 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: A fishy trip to the ocean

Outdoors just for kids: A fishy trip to the ocean

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.

February 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Coywolf has adapted to urban East

Outdoors just for kids: Coywolf has adapted to urban East

I watched a very interesting television show the other night about the coywolf – the offspring of a coyote and wolf that interbred.

February 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Some animals are built for cold winters

Outdoors just for kids: Some animals are built for cold winters

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?

February 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Calling a bat without a bat signal

Outdoors just for kids: Calling a bat without a bat signal

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.

January 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Ancient sharks did opposite of salmon

Outdoors just for kids: Ancient sharks did opposite of salmon

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.

January 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: When bad breath is a good thing

Outdoors just for kids: When bad breath is a good thing

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.

January 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: The wonders of frozen water

Outdoors just for kids: The wonders of frozen water

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.

January 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Mushrooms make a mighty wind

Outdoors just for kids: Mushrooms make a mighty wind

There’s an old song that has a verse that goes: “the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.”

January 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Outdoors just for kids: Reindeer, caribou have a lot in common

Outdoors just for kids: Reindeer, caribou have a lot in common

Did you find any reindeer and sleigh tracks on your roof or in your yard on Christmas Day?

December 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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