#BenInNature is on vacation!

#BenInNature is on vacation!

#BenInNature is on vacation! While he's out, we're going to look back at the first daily nature updates from way back in March! The following post was originally published March 21, 2020.

The male Northern Cardinal isn't exactly a rare bird, but it's still an eye-catching sight. Cardinals can be found as far north as southeastern Canada, as far south as Guatemala, and as far west as Texas. Males are a vibrant red while females are an olive color. Every so often, people spot yellow cardinals; these rare birds lack the enzyme that converts carotenoids (organic pigments found in plants) into red plumage. You probably know that the cardinal is the state bird of Virginia, but did you know that it's also the state bird of North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana? No other bird can claim to be the state bird of that many states. If you'd like to attract cardinals to your bird feeder, trying adding some safflower seeds; they love 'em. #BenInNature

About #BenInNature
Social distancing can be difficult, but it presents a great opportunity to become reacquainted with nature. While he is working from home, Administrator of Science Ben Williams is venturing outdoors each day to record a snapshot of the unique sights that can be found in the natural world.

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