Do bears have whiskers?

Answered by Gregg Losinski, Conservation Educator At first glance, this would appear to be a simple yes or no question, but like many things with bears, the answer is more complex. The simple answer is that most mammals have things that look like whiskers, bears included. The hairs that we would call whiskers are more…

What are your favorite experiments?

Answered by Alana Jensen, Environmental Educator, INL ESER Program I have so many favorite experiments, but here are a couple of fun ones to do in the summertime. Blow Bubbles!You will need: Dishwashing soap, glycerin, water, large jar, liquid measuring cup, pipe cleaners, pliers Measure the volume of your jar by filling the jar with…

Does water reflect or refract light?

Answered by Alana Jensen, INL ESER Program Water is both a reflector and refractor of light. Let’s examine these properties of light separately. Reflection: Reflection is when light hits the surface of an object and then that light travels to our eyes so we can see. All materials reflect light to some extent, but a…

I know pronghorn drop their horns by the end of November, but when do pronghorns start growing new horns and when is horn growth complete?

Answered by Idaho Fish and Game biologist Pronghorn are quite a unique species. They grow horns that shed annually unlike other species that grow horns that get larger each year like bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Horns are different than antlers. Horns are made from a keratinous sheath that grows from a core of live…