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Have you ever heard a loud chirping noise as you head off to bed? If so, your unexpected houseguest is most likely a field cricket. These crickets can be found in a variety of habitats, such as forests, caves, fields, lawns, and sometimes your home. They can slip in through cracks in foundations and siding, …

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With Punxsutawney Phil announcing today that there will be six more weeks of winter, the birds in your yard will appreciate an extra food supply. You can purchase a feeder or make your own. Click here for ideas!    Photo by Gundina    

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It’s happened again in my daughter’s basement bedroom! A new visitor appeared last week – and this time I became worried too. As she went in to get ready for bed, she flicked on the light, and found a black widow crawling up the wall! We’ve seen enough black widows outside over the years to …

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Early in the morning, on January 31, a super blue blood moon will be visible to residents in some parts of the western U.S. Find out more on NASA’s site HERE.    Photo by cgiraldez    

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Get crafty this weekend! Head outside and find some smooth rocks  — any size will do! Then set up a painting area, and get started!  Here’s what you need:    Smooth rocks Acrylic craft paints in a variety of colors Brushes Containers with water for cleaning the brushes Paper towels Disposable plate Newspaper   Here’s …

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Depending on where you live, you probably see fewer birds during the winter months. Many species migrate to more temperate areas, some traveling hundreds of miles. But there are those birds that stay behind, even in the coldest weather. Cardinals are some of the easiest to spot with their bright red feathers. Others you might …

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Nature journaling isn’t just for the warmer months! If you don’t already have a nature journal, you can make one with just some printer paper and a few staples. Simply fold it in half and staple it down the side. Then head outside and start drawing!  Not sure what to include in your journal? Click …

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We have a small terrier mix that we adopted from our local humane society about seven years ago. “Max” loves to be outdoors and often follows my son around the backyard or through a nearby field. Several times my son has commented how Max has actually made a trail through the yard, where the grass …

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Depending on where you live, you may see a lot less wildlife during the winter months. Insects have either gone into a dormant state or died off. Some mammals hibernate. Reptiles and amphibians go into a state of brumation. Many birds migrate to warmer areas.  But there is still wildlife around. This weekend, go on …

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We live out in the country, so whenever I’m driving home (especially at night), I am on the lookout for deer. Sometimes they are just standing by the side of the road; other times they run across the road right in front of the car. One evening as I was coming home from work, a …

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For the past week, it’s been unusually cold where we live. We had no precipitation, though, so we had the icy temperatures without even a single snowflake. Understandably, our indoor/outdoor cats have been spending more time indoors this week than usual – that is, until last night. One of them wanted out but didn’t return …

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In many parts of the country, the winter season means snow. But before you bundle up with that cozy blanket in front of the fire, consider these ideas for enjoying that fluffy white stuff: Go sledding Gather snow to make snow cream Build a snowman or a whole snow family Have a snowball fight (my …

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If you’re like me, 2017 became a more stress-filled year than I ever anticipated. Some of it was due to circumstances, some of it was because I said “yes!” too many times, and some of it was stress from less-than-wise choices. And while we can’t always control the stressors in our lives, there are things …

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Today is the first official day of winter and the shortest day of the year.  To celebrate, the Outdoorosity team has a few ideas for you and your family to make the winter season magical: Celebrate the solstice with a night hike. You can read more here. Enjoy the winter by bringing the outdoors inside. …

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It may be chilly outside, so add a layer or two of clothing and then head out into the dark! All you need are some flashlights or headlamps. Then take a hike around the yard, down the street, and through the neighborhood!    Photo by mrmac04  

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My teenage daughter has a basement bedroom, one she doesn’t want to share with either her sister home from college or creepy crawlies from outside. She is always dismayed, then, when she finds either in her room, especially a creepy crawly. And the one that bothers her is the most is the centipede. With the …

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You don’t have to go camping to build a campfire! This weekend, build one in your own backyard. REI has some great tips on how to start a roaring campfire here. Need to build a fire pit? Here are some very simple directions. Even if it’s cold outside, family and friends will be able warm …

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In our part of the country, we only have a few snow days each year. But my family loves them! We have snowball fights, build snowmen, and sled down a nearby hill. We also love taking walks while it’s snowing. It amazes me to think how every one of those flakes has a unique design. …

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It’s early December, and almost all the deciduous trees in our yard are bare. That makes it easier to see some feathered friends, especially cardinals with their bright red plumage. One red bird that’s difficult to spot throughout the year is the scarlet tanager. In the summer, these birds usually stay among the thick foliage …

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It’s the holiday season, which means lots sparkly lights, colorful packages, and pine cones! If you haven’t noticed them before, you’re sure to see them now – on wreaths, in baskets, as ornaments and centerpieces. But besides adding to the holiday cheer, pine cones have an important job. They protect the pine tree seeds from …

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