Do predators have any value in nature?

Question often asked by hunters Answered by Gregg Losinski retired Conservation Educator for Idaho Fish & Game and nowESER Education and Media Specialist This is a question that many people have about all types of critters, large and small. The question often tells us more about the asker than the animal in question. The all-purpose…

How does fermenting food work to preserve it?

Question answered by Miles Knowles MBA Sustainability from Bard College and studied resilience in food systems. The historical purpose of fermentation was preserving fresh food in a time before refrigeration, although the health benefits of lactic acid fermentation have sparked a new generation of home fermentation enthusiasts. Lactic acid fermentation, or lacto-fermentation, is an anaerobic…

We keep hearing it is going to be a La Nina Event this year. What does that likely mean for us here in eastern Idaho?

Answered by Timothy Axford – Meteorologist – National Weather Service – Pocatello Great question! Meteorologists get asked this a lot. As the days shorten and we start looking towards the winter season, everyone wants to know whether it will be several months of cold and snowy or mild and dry. Meteorologists and Climatologists (someone who…

“I heard something really unusual was supposed to happen with Jupiter and Saturn right before Christmas. What?”

Answered by Brian Tonks – BYU-I daho Astronomy Professor The ancients noticed that seven celestial objects move relative to the stars: the Sun, the Moon, and the five visible planets (the word “planet” comes from the Greeks meaning “wanderer”—the Greeks knew them as wandering stars). Astrologers attributed special meaning to these objects. It is clear…

Do tarantulas eat their exoskeletons after they shed? We took the exoskeleton out of the cage of our classroom tarantula. Was that bad?

Question Asked by 2nd Grade Class in Blackfoot Question answered by Jason Thomas University of Idaho Minnedoka County Extension Educator Though some reptiles will feed on their shed skin, there has been no significant evidence to suggest that tarantulas do this. The key difference is in the digestive system, while lizards like geckos can swallow…