Mudbugs – Yum!

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Imagine a nighttime invasion of the RV park lawn by strange, ten-legged creatures with external skeletons, globular eyes rotating on the ends of flexible stalks, and long antennae. These creatures come out in the cool, moist night air of summer to scavenge in lawns only to disappear in their subterranean haunts before daylight. It would…

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RVers: Can you get the lead out?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris On August 30, all Detroit public schools shut off drinking water due to elevated levels of copper and/or lead. Prior to that, the Flint, Michigan, water crisis spotlighted the dangers of lead in drinking water. Even though the city’s water supply has now been declared safe, some residents may still be stuck getting their…

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How long do animals live?

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Animals’ Ages How old do animals get? That is a good question – one that’s not easily answered. Different methods are used to tell each animal’s age, and then these methods don’t always hold true. Of course those animals living in zoos have exact ages known, but these are not truly natural life spans, being free…

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First, Lyme-carrying deer ticks – Now Asian long-horned ticks are coming

This week health officials scared the wits out of us on the country-wide invasion of Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks that are now found in all 50 states. Now they tell us we need to be concerned about a new tick, possibly as dangerous as the deer variety, threatening to follow on the heels of the deer tick, reports News Channel 5 Network.…

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A wave of deer ticks spreads across the country

Hikers and campers need to be on the alert for ticks this summer because of an invasion of Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks that is sweeping across the nation. The CDC says rising temperatures are to blame for the tripling of mosquito-, tick- and flea-borne illnesses from 2004 to 2016. In Maine, people say they spotted the eight-legged arachnid before spring. They noticed…

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