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February 16, 2021
Which animals have been running around in the snow at Nature Boardwalk? I took a walk around today (being extra careful now that it’s getting icy out there). Here are some of the tracks I found. Rabbit tracks look like Ys. The two smaller forefeet register behind the parallel, larger hindfeet. They often fall in…
Brrr, it’s getting cold outside! Have you ever wondered how animals like squirrels survive Chicago’s freezing temperatures without so much as a coat? While people typically respond to the cold by staying inside and putting on layers, it turns out squirrels have a similar strategy for dealing with the challenges of winter. They tend to…
The principles of natural selection make clear the fact that animals have adapted to particular environments. We’ve all heard how giraffes evolved long necks to reach the highest branches or how zebras evolved monochromatic stripes to confuse predators. But these principles apply equally to behavior, as well. Animals have evolved patterns of behavior to suit…