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<b>COLUMN:</b> Mice — little home invaders — are sure sign of fall

COLUMN: Mice — little home invaders — are sure sign of fall

Mice are a huge part of many food chains, notes outdoors columnist who explains that the majority of mice stay outside - despite what you might hear at midnight
<b>COLUMN:</b> Mushrooms impact 'everything that lives, grows here'

COLUMN: Mushrooms impact 'everything that lives, grows here'

Mushrooms can be used to clean up oil spills, aid in brain advancement and have a host of medicinal uses, says outdoors columnist of popular fungi
<b>COLUMN:</b> Sandhill cranes are once again making noise in area

COLUMN: Sandhill cranes are once again making noise in area

For reasons that aren't easy to pinpoint, there is a soaring population of sandhill cranes in the region, which is not good news for everyone, laments columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Basking turtles are preparing for a long, cold winter

COLUMN: Basking turtles are preparing for a long, cold winter

Did you know turtles exercise 'butt breathing' to get enough oxygen to live throughout the winter? Outdoors columnist has all the dirt on these unique beings
<b>OUTDOORS:</b> Life's a beech for these oft-overlooked wildflowers

OUTDOORS: Life's a beech for these oft-overlooked wildflowers

Keep an eye out for these relatively rare beechdrops, which can only be found in eastern North America, notes outdoors columnist
<b>OUTDOORS:</b> Daddy Longlegs belong in a class all their own

OUTDOORS: Daddy Longlegs belong in a class all their own

Known as harvestmen, these critters are not spiders as they lack the fangs or venom most spiders possess and they don't build webs
It's a bird! It's a peregrine! It's a duck hawk! Which name is correct?

It's a bird! It's a peregrine! It's a duck hawk! Which name is correct?

Adoption of more 'acceptable common name system' has led some confusion and a lot of name calling, so to speak, says outdoors columnist
Surprising discovery of nest leaves naturalist feeling a little 'snaky'

Surprising discovery of nest leaves naturalist feeling a little 'snaky'

Baby snakes come equipped with a tracking program built in, explains outdoors columnist of interesting little creatures
<b>COLUMN:</b> Slime mould can think and react like an animal

COLUMN: Slime mould can think and react like an animal

That blob of mould is actually millions of individual cells that can join together to create multicellular reproductive structures, or not, depending on their mood
Learning to identify poison ivy can save a lot of grief <b>(3 photos)</b>

Learning to identify poison ivy can save a lot of grief (3 photos)

If you do come into contact with this pesky plant, be careful how you treat it as some supposed tips make things worse, warns outdoors columnist