Why is snow soft and ice hard?

Answered by Alex DeSmet, Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Pocatello This is a good question, because snow and ice are both water in a frozen form. So, why do they feel so much different to us? Well, the answer is actually fairly simple, and it has to do with air. As snowflakes fall to the ground and…

There’s a video on the internet about a hiker’s encounter with a cougar. Is the animal being aggressive or just curious?

Question Answered by Gregg Losinski, Regional Conservation Educator, Idaho Fish and Game Cougar video link:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNO2CUGPSl8 Great question about the big cats that we call mountain lions. Other names include cougar, panther, puma, catamount, jaguar, and even painter. The bottom line, no matter what we call it, it is still a cat. Cats are like people in that they…

Just how smart are ravens?

Answered by Dr, Chuck Trost, Professor of Biological Sciences Emeritus, ISU, and Field Trip Chair, Portneuf Valley Audubon Society We were watching a raven harass some songbirds who were eating bread at the side of the road while we were waiting for some road construction this summer. He didn’t try to eat the food; he just…