The Tree Cricket

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The sounds of crickets chirping as you lie in a tent camping is soothing and restful, a genuine outdoor sound. But when the sound is in the house, that’s a different story! Their persistent chirping is only interrupted by the presence of danger like you holding a fly-swatter trying to figure out where the sound …

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Sheep (2)

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What sports team is named the Lambs? We have Lions, Tigers, Bears, Eagles, even the Rams, but not the Lambs. We like to be identified with the aggressive, invulnerable, macho types of animals. Several years ago Candid Camera hid their camera in a high school counselor’s office. Students had taken an aptitude test and were …

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Mutualism

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Symbiosis, or mutualism, is a common phenomenon in nature. Simply stated, it means that two living creatures help each other to the benefit of both. A parasite benefits to the detriment of its prey. But in mutualism, both the giver and receiver are helped. Here is an example: when ticks bore into the hide of …

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The Beaver

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Several years ago I worked at a wilderness camp for the summer. Some beavers kept flooding one area of land and toppling nearby trees, so I voted myself into a committee of one to get rid of the problem. With mattocks in hand, I marched to their dam, and, with great effort, hack a hole …

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The Population Problem

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Let’s be honest; the number of people presently on earth means simply that evolution can’t be true. No, we’re not talking about the crowds. We’re talking about how few people we have as neighbors! Everyone agrees that evolution demands vast amounts of time, the more the better. If life developed from simple to complex by …

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