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How hydrologists solved the Devil’s Kettle disappearing waterfall mystery

How hydrologists solved the Devil’s Kettle disappearing waterfall mystery

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: Devil’s Falls is one of the most unusual waterfalls to be found anywhere. The falls split in two at the top, and one fork flows down the Brule River, while the other empties into a cauldron and seemingly disappears. It was a geological mystery for the ages, an inexplicable puzzle as to why all the water from half a waterfall completely... READ MORE

Père David’s deer gene variants may ward off CWD

Père David’s deer gene variants may ward off CWD

By Buckmasters Online

It seems unlikely that an endangered Asian deer named for French priest and naturalist Armand David who first observed its existence, is the same deer species saved from extinction by a British duke, and the same deer species researchers have found has two gene variants with the potential to unlock part of the Chronic Wasting Disease mystery. The s... READ MORE

Prepare, stay aware and be safe exploring the outdoors in fall and winter

Prepare, stay aware and be safe exploring the outdoors in fall and winter

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: Experienced hikers add a paper map and a compass to their pack as a safe backup for a cell phone map. Photo courtesy Maximillian Schiffer. As temperatures chill, fall leaves blow away and snow arrives in colder climates, hikers of all ages are preparing to spend enjoyable hours exploring the outdoors. All outdoor recreation—even the s... READ MORE

New gates protect at-risk bat habitat

New gates protect at-risk bat habitat

By David Rainer/Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Photo: About 10,000 gray bats, an endangered species, use Weaver Cave in Anniston during the summer. Important bat habitat in north Alabama has recently been protected in what Nick Sharp of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division considers possibly the highlight of his career as the Division’s bat expert. Steel gates hav... READ MORE

Invasive tegus are eating their way into South Carolina

Invasive tegus are eating their way into South Carolina

By Buckmasters Online

An increased number of sightings of voracious black and white tegu lizards continues to be of grave concern to Department of Natural Resources biologists in South Carolina, because of the growing danger they present to native wildlife. At greatest risk are the eggs of native ground-nesting turkey and quail as well as the endangered gopher tortoise... READ MORE

See July’s Full Buck Moon, and check out the new moon map

See July’s Full Buck Moon, and check out the new moon map

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: Full Buck Moon moonrise in 2020, Mahogany Mountain, Utah. The Full Buck Moon, July’s lunar namesake, will reveal itself in a dark sky July 23. If your night sky is not overcast, you can see it put in an appearance at 10:37 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. (Make adjustment for your time zone.) It is appropriately named because humans have lo... READ MORE

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