Does a duck's quack echo?

Strange things people believe

FLIR ONE Pro: a home inspector's review

November 14
I had a chance to test out the FLIR ONE Pro Thermal Camera, which is a $399 mobile phone accessory with the same resolution as the FLIR E6.

Snowy Owl reports coming from Wisconsin

November 9
Two reports so far in Minnesota
Home & Garden
November 8

State legislators vote on feral-cat control

Four bills pass, five don't
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November 7

Can I join ABS to PVC?

It's possible to join ABS to PVC, but it's only supposed to be done with a mechanical coupling, not glued. For the rest of the story, read on.
Home & Garden
November 6

Winter finches at the feeders

Purple Finches, Pine Siskins
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November 3

Monarch butterflies were lingering far north for late fall

Wind or weather changes?
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November 1

Birding has been good along the North Shore

A list of birds seen last weekend
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November 1

Tundra Swans are heading our way

Sightings reported from South Dakota
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October 31

Pray for snow -- for good photographs

Birds and inclement weather are a good combo
Home & Garden
October 31

Animals, skeletons, and creepy home inspection photos

No need to go a haunted house attraction for Halloween. Home inspector Reuben Saltzman has photos of attics, basements and crawl spaces that will scare the wits out of you.
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October 28

The redpolls are coming! The redpolls are coming!

Moving down the Lake Superior shore
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October 27

Warmer weather suspected in monarch's delayed migration

One way or the other, these butterflies look to be doomed
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October 27

The pulse of the animal rehab center

Today, Friday, is slow
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October 24

Hey, Minnesota homeowners: Here's your fall maintenance checklist

With freezing temperatures and flurries in the forecast later this week, the clock is ticking on getting your home prepared for a Minnesota winter.
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October 19

Adventures with suet

A fine winter food for birds
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October 17

Skylight leak? No, probably not.

I'm convinced that most moisture issues with skylights are condensation issues that are misdiagnosed as leaks.
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October 16

Have you ever fed pasta to birds?

It's on a list of suggested unusual food
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October 10

Birds of North America, FREE, on-line, Hennepin County library

Best price yet for a fantastic resource
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October 4

There are 55 million U.S. birdwatchers according to FWS survey

And we spend a lot of money!
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October 3

Hawk catches and kills squirrel

Crows brought it to our attention
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October 3

Bonding gas piping

To make it really simple, when metal that can carry electricity (but shouldn't) gets connected together to eliminate potential, we call it bonding.
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September 26

Thermal expansion of water and the role of an expansion tank

When a water heater is connected to a closed system, an expansion tank must be installed to prevent excessive pressure caused by thermal expansion.