Category Archives: Ecology

Did You Know …. Duck Edition

Did you know

That ducks have a hard “nail” at the end of their beak that allows them to forage in the mud for food? There is also a comb-like structure at the side of their beak that strains out the the insects and crustaceans from the water

That most ducks are monogamous during mating season but they don’t mate for life?

That a mother duck will lead her ducklings up to a half-mile away to find a suitable watering hole?

That ducks are very social creatures and need companions? If they are raised solely by humans, they begin to think that they are human too.

That once a duck is in flight, he can reach speeds of up to 70 feet per second?

That when ducks are ready to leave one pond and move to another, they use a special call so no one in the flock is left behind?

This one may have been left behind at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals on purpose!

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We Are All About Owls This Week

Over the last couple of years, we have noticed a growing trend towards owls.  Anything we purchase for Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals that has anything to do with owls is an instant seller; whether it’s stuffed owls, glass owls, or just a book on owls.   We find ourselves saying all the time, “if it has owls, we’ll take it.”

On this rainy Monday, we have scoured the internet and put together this gallery of owls just for your enjoyment.  Also, be sure to check out our Pinterest board on owls as we will be adding to it all week.

Barn Owl – Their hearing is better than their sight, and have the sharpest hearing out of any animal tested.

Long Eared Owl – It doesn’t have long ears, but rather long tufts of feathers called ear tufts that resemble ears.

Barred Owl – one of 4 species with dark eyes and is also known as the Hoot owl.

Northern Hawk Owl – They have what appear to be false eyes on the back of their heads and they have white to off-white spots on their dark grey backs.

Burrowing Owl – They are ground-dwelling birds, so their nests are at risk of invasion from outside predators.

Northern Saw Whet Owl – There are no ear tufts, and they have very large, yellow eyes.

The Eurasian Eagle owl (Bubo bubo) is the heaviest owl in the world. Females of this species can reach greater than or equal to 9.25 pounds, which is twice the weight of an adult female snowy owl, the heaviest owl in North America.

Short Eared Owl – When camouflaging itself does not work, it fakes death in order to avoid being eaten.

Elf Owl – It is a nocturnal bird with bat-like flight that predates upon small, weak prey like insects, grasshoppers, caterpillars, cicadas and scorpions.

Snowy Owl – The heaviest owl in North America, and has the second largest wing area among North American owls. Their beak can reach up to 2 inches long, and their legs and feet are heavily feathered.

Great Grey Owl – It is one of the largest owls in the world and has an extremely long tail.

Spectacled Owl – Their name comes from the white color surrounding their eyes that resembles eyeglasses, or “spectacles”.

Great Horned Owl – This owl is known to become aggressive when threatened.

Northern Spotted Owl – This species of owl is important in the Haida cultures of Alaska and British Colombia. The owl can be seen carved into their totem poles.

Western Screech Owl -Due to their preferred habitat locations around riparian areas, much of their habitat is being threatened by tree removal. They are adaptable in that they can live in city parks if necessary.

Bats Got A Bad Rap!

With each weekly theme, we will have one post on ecology with regards to the specific theme.

Thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, bats have gotten a really bad rap throughout history.  In actuality, bats are one of the most beneficial species on the planet.

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  • Bats play a crucial role in the health and survival of the rainforests.
  • Bats are major factors in controlling insect populations, pollinating plants and distributing seeds
  • The African Baobab Tree and the Australian Ironwood, are solely dependent on bats for spreading their seeds and for pollination.
  • Bats can help farmers by eating harmful insects, and worms and other bugs which can damage crops.

Thanks to ecology.com for the facts above.