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Bats, our best weapon against insect pests, need magic bullet to fight disease

With Halloween quickly approaching, images of bats are appearing everywhere. October also happens to be Bat Appreciation Month.

Bats are exquisite animals. No other animal compares to Earth’s only flying mammal. Like all mammals, bats have hair and their young are born live and feed on milk. But unlike other mammals, the fingers on a bat’s hand are elongated and connected by skin to form a wing.

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Take a pollinator to lunch: Plant a native garden

June is packed with opportunities to interact with wildlife and the outdoors. But can you imagine what the outdoors would be like without pollinators? Pollinators — bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles are nearly as important as...

Mistletoe’s berry special for humans and birds alike

Mistletoe has been part of many European cultures and used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. When these peoples migrated to the New World, many brought their practices with them. Mistletoe is still gathered for holiday...

Got brook trout? Then you’ve also got a healthy stream

“A wild trout in its native habitat is a compact example of the Earth working well.” — Christopher Camuto The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a small, brilliantly colored freshwater fish native to clear, cold streams...

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