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The Siberian Husky: Is this the breed for you

The Siberian Husky: Is this the breed for you

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When deciding what breed of dog to get it is fundamentally important to carefully research its specific traits before making your final decision. Are you looking for a guard dog or a family pet? Are you looking for a pet that is high or low maintenance? Are you aware of the idiosyncrasies of the breed? This article focuses on the traits of one particular type of dog; the Siberian Husky. There are numerous advice articles and websites that provide excellent information on this breed, this article is merely intended as a summary of some of the more common themes presented by dog experts. Positive Traits There are a number of traits inherent to the Siberian Husky that, if you are prepared, can make them a wonderful pet. In general, they are one of the most friendly breeds and do not...
Whales, Dolphins and Ocean Noise

Whales, Dolphins and Ocean Noise

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In the wake of multiple mass strandings of varied species of whales, the link between naval exercises and these events has become a very controversial topic. And there are other sources of noise that are also affecting marine mammals. Boats, Oil and Gas Exploration, and Industry Engine noise from large ships and even recreational boats causes dolphins and whales to alter their behaviour. Oil and gas exploration, construction, power plants and factories all contribute to the problem. Whales and dolphins exist in a world of underwater sound. Most people are familiar with the clicks and whistles of dolphins and the eerie sounds of humpback whale songs. Some of these sounds can carry up to a mile away and are a vital part of cetacean communication. In addition, dolphins and toothe...
Hiking in Rattlesnake Country

Hiking in Rattlesnake Country

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Rattlesnakes are a common feature in the western United States. Hikers can potentially come across one while on the trail, so knowing what to do can be important to prevent injury. How to Identify a Rattlesnake The Western Diamondback rattlesnake is part of the pit viper family of snakes. The holes on the triangular head of the snake allow it to detect the heat of prey. The other obvious sign of a rattlesnake is their distinctive rattle, which can be visible on the tail, and heard when one approaches a snake. The venom produced by the Western Diamondback can cause swelling, pain, bleeding, edema, and tissue necrosis. How to Prepare to Hike in Rattlesnake Country If planning to hike in an area that has rattlesnakes, think of what to bring ahead of time. Wear leather hiking b...
Basic Nutrition Needs for Horses

Basic Nutrition Needs for Horses

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Horses' basic nutritional requirements can be divided into different categories, each with its own unique requirements. Energy Requirements The amount of calories that a horse consumes need to meet his energy requirements. Too few calories and the horse will be too thin, too many calories and the horse will become overweight. This is one of the most commonly made errors. A good rule to follow is approximately 2 pounds of hay per 100 pounds of horse. To see if the horse is being fed enough check the visibility of his ribs. Fiber Requirements Horses need fiber for proper stomach functioning of their intestinal tract, and it is often overlooked. Horses get fiber from good hay and pasture grazing. The oats in some grains can also provide a significant amount of fiber. However, ...
Installing a Barn Owl Nest Box

Installing a Barn Owl Nest Box

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Barn owls (Tyto alba) are found around the world, with the exception of regions that experience extreme hot and cold temperatures. Like most owls, barn owls are nocturnal and use their powerful wings to fly silently over open woodlands and grassy areas as they hunt for their favorite foods -- rodents and other small vertebrates. Putting up a barn owl box near your home lets you provide shelter for an owl family and offer your own family a real-life glimpse into wild bird life. But before you buy or build a backyard owl box, there are a few important factors to consider. Where to Install an Owl Box Above ground noise. The ideal location for an owl nesting box is in a tree about 15 feet above the ground and away from both human interaction and street noise. Out of direct sunl...
The Penguins of Antarctica

The Penguins of Antarctica

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The penguin is the most common species of bird found in the Antarctic. Although there are 17 species of penguin, only four actually breed on the continent of Antarctica. These are Adelie, Emperor, Chinstrap and Gentoo. Most of the others are found in sub Antarctic regions which includes many coastal islands and they can also be seen as far north as the Galapagos Islands. The Penguin Name There is no known origin of the word penguin although some believe it could have come from the welsh "pen gwyn" which means white head or the Latin "pinguis" which refers to the fat or blubber of a bird. The Penguin's Appearance All species of penguin have a stricking black and white coat. The distinguishing features and colours are on the head and neck. They vary greatly in size from the l...