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January, 2010
Vol. 10, No. 1

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Saved Any Screens Lately?
Saved Any Screens Lately? has over a dozen stunning, free screensavers for you to download. Your choices run from Winter Wildlife to Coral Reefs and everything in between.

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The Big Sleep— Or Just Winter Lethargy?
Since they can't head to Florida or Arizona for the winter, many mammals avoid the winter blahs by sleeping the season away. People often picture bears when they think of hibernation-- yet bears aren't true hibernators; their long nap is more properly called winter lethargy.

A true hibernator, like a chipmunk, can reduce its body temperature to nearly freezing during hibernation and drop its heart rate as low as 4 beats per minute within hours of retiring to its den.

Click here to read more about hibernation and the creatures that practice it.
The Big Sleep— Or Just Winter Lethargy?
The Eastern Chipmunk is single-minded in its food gathering, making trips from tree to storage burrow almost continuously. It's been estimated that over three days one chipmunk can store a bushel of chestnuts, hickory nuts, and corn kernels.

Get  A Little Wild On Valentine’s Day With Mating Call Ringtones
Did you know the Howler Monkey is considered by many the loudest creature in the Americas? Along with mating and courting sounds, you'll also learn fascinating facts about each species featured in our Ringtones section. Click here to learn more about the Howler Monkey and other fascinating creatures.
Get A Little Wild On Valentine’s Day With Mating Call Ringtones
Have some fun and celebrate nature this Valentine's Day. Putting eNature's free wildlife ringtones on your cell phone lets you share your love of wildlife with your friends.

Click here to listen to samples, learn about courting and mating behavior of our featured species and send your favorite mating call ringtone to your cell phone.

You'll find mating calls from familiar animals such as the coyote and lion to irresistible and unfamiliar species like the Plains Spadefoot or the True Katydid. They're all fun and and all free to load on your phone.

Birds of a Feather
Have you noticed large flocks of birds swarming around an open field or building in your neighborhood? The old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” is particularly true among blackbirds in winter.

Though many birds band together during winter, none are as notorious for their flocking behavior as blackbirds, European starlings, common grackles and brown-headed cowbirds.

Click here to learn more about this interesting behavior.
Birds of a Feather
Although primarily a marsh bird, the Red-winged Blackbird will nest near virtually any body of water and occasionally breeds in upland pastures. has extensive resources for birders to get more enjoyment out of their hobby.

Coping With Winter’s Cold
While swimming or treading water, the Polar Bear can stretch its long neck for a better view. Owing to the scarcity of plants in its icy habitat, it's considered the most carnivorous North American bear, with canine teeth larger and molariform teeth sharper than those of other bears.
Coping With Winter’s Cold
We're now a month into winter-- and wildlife all over the country has been coping with cold weather. Some creatures migrate south, others head for a long winter's nap, while some stay put and have to find ways to keep themselves safe, warm, and well fed.

Want to know what creature has the densest fur? Packs on the most weight?

You can learn more and test your wildlife knowledge by taking eNature's winter wildlife quiz.

The Eagles Have Landed
If you've ever wanted to see a whole lot of Bald Eagles, February is the time and the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Complex is the place. The eagle show going on there right now is spectacular.

The refuges cover a vast area of marshes, ponds, woodlands, and farmland and offer winter protection and feeding grounds to a million or more ducks and geese. These waterfowl are the reason all the eagles come to Klamath. They're easy pickings for predators like the Bald Eagle.

Click here to learn more about this gathering of eagles and how you can observe them at work.
The Eagles Have Landed
The Bald Eagle, until recently on the U.S. Endangered Species List, is a high-profile wildlife conservation success story. These eagles are primarily fish eaters, like Ospreys; when they pursue their prey they rarely enter the water as an Osprey does, but instead snatch the fish from the surface with their talons.

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