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Building a traditional Basque style bird house – La Fabrique DIY

Shrinking this home in southwestern France is for the birds: From cutting the wood pieces, to constructing and painting it, a traditional Baserri style house in the Basque region of France is recreated from scratch as...

Four minutes of an armadillo digging a hole

With a leathery shell and front leg claws made for digging, armadillos burrow to find food and to make underground shelters. The armadillo in the video above, identified as a six-banded or yellow armadillo by YouTuber...

Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving

High up in the rainforest canopy of Panama's Barro Colorado Island, there are ants everywhere. Azteca ants—one kind of 30 different ant species that might be in a given tree—stand out because of their epic, 9 foot (2....

The Snail-Smashing, Fish-Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp

The mantis shrimp is a fascinating creature. One kind impales prey with a spear-like appendage and another smashes prey with a built-in club — the fastest attack in the animal kingdom. "At 30 times faster than the bli...

A puffin and its puffling surface from their underground nest

Though puffins spend much of their life at sea, when they nest on land, they nest underground in the Farne Islands and elsewhere around the globe. Their babies are called pufflings, and in this BBC Earth clip from Wor...

How Do Bees Make Honey?

Drinking from 1,000 flowers might be enough to fill a honey bee's stomach, but that may not be the stomach you're thinking of. Bees have two different stomachs -- one for digestion and one for nectar storage -- and wh...

How do living things change their environments?

Think about your day, from when you wake up, to where you spend your day, to your bedtime routine at night. Crash Course Kids asks, "What pieces of it are a result of human intervention? Where did these pieces come fr...

An octopus that makes quicksand for a quick escape

The southern sand octopus can make a quick escape by making its own quicksand. How? It shoots jets of water into the sand grains, separating them into an almost fluid state, and allowing the octopus to burrow. There u...

The first 21 days of a bee’s life, a time lapse in 64 seconds

Honey bees are such an integral part of our ecosystem -- they pollenate 1/3 of our food crops -- yet we don't understand all that we should about their life cycle, or what has been threatening them in the last few yea...

A mother blackbird feeds brand new baby birds in their nest

Four eggs sat in a nest for three weeks. When they hatched, Harvey Young put a camera above the nest to capture video the brand new baby blackbirds. Watch them open their mouths and swing their heads around for food a...

The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps – Deep Look

These tiny wasps have a wonderful trick: they prompt oak trees to grow galls, abnormal plant tissue structures that shelter wasp eggs, by injecting a chemical under the tree's skin. If that was the end of the story...

Why Do Rivers Curve? – MinuteEarth

"...All it takes to turn a straight stretch of river into a bendy one, is a little disturbance and a lot of time, and in nature there's plenty of both." In this Minute Earth episode, narrated by science writer Emily E...

How do cliff swallows build their mud pellet nests?

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, watch as some cliff swallows gather small chunks of mud from the water's edge, and then, against a cliffside or man-made wall, stack the mud pellets around themselves like 1,000 dr...

This “snail shell spider” uses its web to hoist objects up high

From the BBC's Madagascar, narrated by David Attenborough, watch how the small and elusive Olios coenobitus spider uses its web threads like rope, hauling an empty snail shell into the island's native thorny succulent...

Spiders Tune Their Webs Like A Guitar

Much more than just a net to catch prey, spider webs can transmit lots of information about what has been caught or what might be visiting. Oxford researchers have recently discovered that the strands of silk vibrate ...

The Burrowing Owl’s Cozy Underground Home

Owls that live underground! The Burrowing Owl's Cozy Home is a vacant prairie dog hole, a cool alternative (around 59F or 15C) to the extreme heat above ground. They eat small rodents, insects, amphibians, and reptile...

Ecosystem Engineers: How do beavers build dams?

How does one of nature's best ecosystem engineers go about revitalizing the landscapes around them? From PBS Nature, this is how North American beavers build dams. Related reading at Pawnation: Importance of Beavers ...

Weaver Birds design and build intricate nests

Narrated by David Attenborough, watch these Weaver Birds, or Ploceidae, design and build intricate nests to woo mates. They start with a simple knot, and then it’s all about experience, c...

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