SWAMPY. Wet and cold conditions persist today, good if you’re a duck, not so good if you’re anything else. When it comes to treading water, those duck and goose feet are highly-evolved tools, we talk about those and more in today’s Three Things
Featured Photo: A full slough near Regan, N.D. supports dozens of waterfowl this autumn…last fall it was dry. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 10/9 – Steady light rain. Hi 38, Lo 33, Wind N@14, G23
Tomorrow: Wed 10/10 – Up to 1” snow. Hi 36, Lo 29, Wind N@16, G23
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
8:14AM 7:54PM 2:09PM 1:44AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (1% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:30-8:30AM – Sunrise and moonrise will help, but it will be wet in your Edge Hour too.
WALKS LIKE A DUCK. Ducks’ webbed feet evolved many millennia ago, helping them paddle in water. Based on their ability to move water while the bird stays afloat, Charles Darwin even used them in his theories on evolution and the migration of species. One of the oldest duck-like species was found in the fossil record of China, and may have been the oldest specimen to maintain the webbing in the foot bones.
SNOW SHOE. The ruffed grouse can grow tiny nubs on its feet as winter approaches, to help keep it above the snow and to better cling to limbs while feeding on aspen buds. In spring, these nubs are shed as the snow melts and the males start drumming.
HOP ON. With its large back feet and powerful legs, the jackrabbit is capable of jumping more than 6 yards in a single bound. When grabbed by predators, a jackrabbit has one final escape move – pounding them with a walloping kick.