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Like most snails, most Banded Tulip shells have a right handed spiral. With the opening facing you, and the point up, the shell spirals to your right. A few, lucky snails in most species spiral to the left. Why does that make them lucky?

Feeding Bread to Birds

bird and bread

bird and bread

Is eating bread bad for birds?

What began as an investigation of an urban legend quickly turned into an investigation of several other urban legends. This combines my enthusiasm for birds, food, and science myths, so I warn you that I may get long winded ( or long fingered since I am typing.)

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Mojave rattlesnake
Another photo of yesterday's rattlesnake. A rattlesnake's venom is primarily used as a safe way to kill rodents and other prey. The snake bites its prey, and then waits for it to die before eating it. How can the rattlesnake eat the prey without being poisoned?

Food Web Tag

Grasshopper on flower

Food Web Tag is a classic game that helps people understand how food webs work, letting them see how changing one thing can cause changes across the food web. You can play with as few as 5or 6 people, but it is much better if you have at least 15. To try this, you will need:

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Plants and parasites
While driving home from town, we noticed that some of the plants along the road were covered with what looked like yellow string. What is it?

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Caterpillar
Another garden find. What should you do if you see this beautiful creature in your garden?

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