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Yosemite's Alpine Chipmunks Threatened By Climate Change
2012-02-20 04:48:40

Global warming has forced alpine chipmunks in Yosemite to higher ground, prompting a startling decline in the species' genetic diversity, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The study, appearing Sunday, Feb. 19, in the advance online publication of the journal Nature Climate Change, is one of the first to show a hit to the genetic diversity of a species because of a recent climate-induced change in the animals' geographic range. What's more,...

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2011-06-25 07:47:30

Some birds use information gathered from eavesdropping on their enemies to find safer areas to build their nests, scientists have found. Birds that nest on the ground, such as ovenbirds and veeries, fall prey to predators as many eggs and fledglings struggle to survive. Neighboring chipmunks are a major threat. These birds use a range of cues to determine the location of their nests, but Quinn Emmering and Dr. Kenneth Schmidt from Texas Tech University suggest that the "chips," "chucks" and...

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2008-12-12 08:12:25

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, the follow-up to the 2007 Hollywood hit, is to be directed by 28 Days and Private Parts director Betty Thomas. Thomas also directed The Brady Bunch Movie, and produced Can't Hardly Wait and Charlie's Angels. The Hollywood Reporter said deals with the Chipmunks movie's writers are being finalized but Thomas is already on board to direct. It is unclear whether My Name is Earl star Jason Lee, who played human lead Dave Seville in last year's mixed...


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Cliff Chipmunk, Neotamias dorsalis
2012-07-20 10:53:58

The cliff chipmunk (Neotamias dorsalis) is a bushy-tailed squirrel native to Mexico and western United States. It prefers habitats within boulder fields that frame pinyon-juniper woodlands or within cliff sides. They can often be seen scaling the cliffs, and are very adept at climbing. Instead of reserving fat for the winter, these chipmunks will store food in caches. The cliff chipmunk appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”. Image Caption: Cliff...

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2006-12-13 14:36:13

The Eastern Chipmunk, Tamias striatus, is a small squirrel-like rodent found in eastern North America. Is a member of the chipmunk genus, Tamias. They have reddish-brown fur on their upper parts with 5 dark brown stripes and contrasting light brown stripes along their backs and a light belly. They have a tawny stripe that goes from their whiskers to below their ears, and light stripes over their eyes. They have a dark tail. They transport food in food pouches in their cheeks. They...

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2006-12-13 14:32:59

The Least Chipmunk, Tamias minimus, is a small squirrel-like rodent. It is smallest North American member of the chipmunk genus, Tamias. They have three dark lines with white in between along their face and five black stripes with brown edges. They have white in between along their back. They are grey and reddish-brown on the upperparts and grayish white on their under parts. Their tail is orange-brown. They are found in a variety of habitats, especially mixed deciduous and coniferous...

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2006-12-13 14:29:29

The Siberian Chipmunk is a member of the chipmunk genus, Tamias. Its habitat ranges across northern Asia from central Russia to China, Korea and northern Japan (Hokkaido). It lives in woodland habitats with a bushy cover. It is 7.09 to 9.84 inches (18 to 25 cm) long, of which a third is the tail. The weight of adults depends on the time of year, and is normally 1.76 to 5.29 ounces (50 to 150 grams). Therefore, the Siberian Chipmunk is relatively small compared the Red Squirrel. Natural...

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2006-12-12 14:36:49

Chipmunk is the common name for any small squirrel-like rodent. About 23 species fall under this title, with one species in northeastern Asia. They are also in the eastern portions of Canada and the US. The rest are native to the western part of North America. Eastern chipmunks mate in early spring and again in early summer to produce two litters. Each have four to five young, but western chipmunks only breed once a year. The young emerge from the burrow after about six weeks and strike...

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Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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