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2005-06-23 13:45:00

There's more than meets the human ear when the black-capped chickadee lets its flock mates know a predator is lurking about by giving out its familiar "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" call. The small songbirds, which are common throughout much of North America, use that signature call in a wide variety of social interactions including warning of predators. And it turns out that those alarms are far more subtle and information-packed than scientists previously imagined. Writing in the current issue of...


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Belding’s Ground Squirrel, (Urocitellus beldingi)
2012-04-23 06:16:30

Belding’s ground squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi), is also known as sage rat, picket-pin, or pot gut. This ground squirrel resides on mountains in the western United States, ranging from parts of Washington and Oregon, to central California and southwestern Idaho and even into the extremities of northwestern Utah. In California, between Kings Canyon and Lake Tahoe, the Belding’s ground squirrel will live in meadows at altitudes of 6,500 to 11,800 feet. This squirrel is of least concern on...

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pungle
  • To take pains; labor assiduously with little progress.
This word comes from the Spanish 'pongale,' put it.
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