Written by Andrea Lloyd

With dropping temperatures across the Southern United States, cold-blood creatures accustomed to temperate climates can become victims to the freeze if caught unaware. These ectothermic animals, such as reptiles, rely on external sources of heat to regulate their body temperature. If temperatures drop too low and the reptile does nothing, the reptile dies. Reptiles combat cold temperatures by brumation or migrating. Recently in North Carolina, for example, alligators have been seen brumating in frozen ice ponds with only their nostrils sticking out.

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Written by Andrea Lloyd

Recently, I came across a TED Talk  which captured my eye entitled “Why I Love Vultures”. Munir Virani, born and raised in Kenya, shares his research about the catastrophic crash of vulture populations across Asia, as well as his own experiences with local African vulture population decline. He shares the importance of vultures historically, mythologically, and culturally, and closes with what you can do to help vultures in Asia and Africa. His passion inspired me to learn more about our local vultures.

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