Fact or Fiction?: Birds (and Other Critters) Abandon Their Young at the Slightest Human Touch

bird_in_hand.jpgAccording to Scientific American, Inc., this is a myth. Birds do not abandon their young as a consequence of smelling a human scent. But they will abandon their offspring and nest in response to disturbance. So, you can probably safely pick-up a baby bird that has fallen from it’s nest, but you probably shouldn’t be messing around with the nest itself.

(Source: Scientific American, Inc.)

Bitterroot Fire

This awesome picture was taken in Bitterroot National Forest in Montana on August 6, 2000. The photographer, John McColgan, is a fire behavior analyst from Fairbanks, Alaska. He took the picture with a digital camera. Because he was working at the time he took the picture he cannot profit from it; however, we feel the picture is a once-in-a-lifetime shot and should be shared.

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Montana Bitterroot Fire