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Chickadee-dee-dee!

One of our most well-known birds in North America—the black-capped chickadee—does something pretty remarkable. Throughout summer and fall, chickadees can store thousands or even tens of thousands of food items. Chickadees hide all that secret grub—a thousand bits of beetle, bug, fruit, seed—behind birch bark, under lichen, between spruce needles.

And that’s not the most amazing thing. During winter, when food is scarce, chickadees survive quite nicely by remembering where they stashed all that food. How? Scientists discovered that the memory part of the brain—the hippocampus—actually grows over 30% in the fall. So, when finding food on a frigid day in January means life or death, chickadees will remember where they cached the food.

That’s some bird brain!

It makes my day as a nonfiction author to dig deep into the research and find these wonderful examples of scientific discovery. To be able to share it with readers is icing on the cake!

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See Ya Later USA! Here we come S.E. Asia!

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From the cold snowy tundra of Vermont to the rooftops of Brooklyn then on to the tropical cities and jungles of Singapore, Sumatra, Surabaya, Borneo and Bali we leave this afternoon. I’m taking Sea Turtle Scientist on the road! ll be visiting International Schools, presenting author assemblies, doing book signings and writing workshops. I’m traveling with my true blue partner Heather. I’ll be talking up my new book, Sea Turtle Scientist, as 6 of the 7 sea turtle species swim or nest in the region.  We’ll post photos, videos and travel entries.  Follow us as we journey to the other side of the planet!

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January 9, 2014 · 7:39 pm

Peru Fair

I had a wonderful time exhibiting my books at The Peru Fair in Peru, VT!  Beautiful day and wonderful people. See you next year Peru!

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