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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Why birds' feet won't freeze to perches


 Some folks still believe that birds’ feet will freeze onto metal perches in cold weather. Hogwash! According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, birds’ feet (as with the rest of their bodies) contain no sweat glands; therefore there’s no bodily moisture to freeze.
 
Similarly, birds' feet are not made of living tissue (much like our fingernails or hair), allowing them to perch safely on electric wires.
I wish you a very happy holiday season. (there are 33 religions that celebrate a holiday between Dec. 1 and Jan 1; some more than one holiday).  No religion is more credible or important than the others. So when I wish you all a happy holiday season, please don't take it as an insult.
Owen Yost, in addition to blogging, is a Landscape Architect emeritus from here, whos worked in north Texas for over 30 years.  He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Society of Landscape Architects, the National BirdFeeding Society, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award by the Native Plant Society of Texas. 
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