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I’m sort of addicted to reading, for pleasure and escape, but also to learn at a speed that works for me. Even since before George Floyd’s dea…

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Nearly 19,000 children traveling alone were stopped at the Mexican border in March, smashing previous highs set during periods of heavy child migration in 2014 and 2019. Is it a crisis? 

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Bison change the way spring happens across Yellowstone National Park’s vast grasslands, a situation lead bison biologist Chris Geremia will discuss during an April 1 online talk for the Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition at noon.

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One of the most popular bucket-list trips is undoubtedly witnessing East Africa’s Great Migration. While there are tons of safari options throughout the world, this is an incredible opportunity to see almost two million wildebeest, along with zebras and gazelles, begin their journey north from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of water and better grazing grounds. The roughly 1,800-mile trek moves in a circular, clockwise route, and travelers can witness animals throughout the year, though the best chance of spotting wildebeest crossing a river is in August and September. The treacherous journey is also filled with predators such as crocodiles and lions, making for dramatic and emotional encounters. Hire a professional guide or book a tour group to ensure wildlife spotting, and we recommend investing in quality binoculars and camera gear.

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The months of August, September and October are the time when songbirds begin to fly south to warmer climates and more available food. Many songbirds only fly to southern states like Arizona, others migrate to Central America and still others migrate deep into South America to the lowest parts of Argentina. The farthest south I have birded in the Western Hemisphere is the northeast quarter of Ecuador. I did that in February 2016 and I saw many birds I was familiar with as summer breeders here in the Upper Clark Fork valley.

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