I heard the first bear was spotted at Yellowstone! Does the length or severity of the winter change the hibernation length, especially for bears?

Answered by Gregg Losinski – ESER Education Specialist and Human/Bear Conflict Expert Hibernation is a fascinating adaptation that many animals use to survive when harsh extremes are part of their environment. We think of hibernation in relation to cold, but there is a parallel process called estivation that occurs during very hot temperatures and allows…

Why don’t microwave ovens get moldy?

Asked by Kirk Hings of Idaho Falls Answered by Nathan Taylor, Eastern Idaho Public Health, REHS Environmental Health Supervisor Mold needs three things to grow: A food source, water, and oxygen. The most common forms of mold we see are found on bread, cheese, or any other food that has been left too long in…

I just found out I have pretty high levels of radon in my basement. What are the effects of radon? Where does it come from?

Question Answered by Arthur Rood, President K-Spar Inc. Radon-222 is a tasteless, odorless gas formed by the decay of radium-226. Radium-226 is a naturally occurring radioactive element that is present in most soils and masonry building materials in small quantities. Typical radium-226 concentrations in soil range from 0.5 to 2 picocuries per gram, but in…

What is the fastest animal on two legs?

Answered by Emily Holschuh – Idaho Falls Zoo Volunteer Coordinator When we ask this question we often start searching for answers on the ground. But to accurately answer we’ll have to look up to the skies. The fastest two-legged animal is the Peregrine Falcon who reaches speeds of up to 240 mph! Peregrines can be…

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…