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MLB  World Series - St. Louis Cardinals win World Series
NFL Regular Season underway
WNBA Finals: CONGRATS LYNX! Lynx win WNBA title
NHL Regular Season underway
NBA It looks like the 2011-2012 NBA season starts on Christmas Day
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) The 2011 college football regular season has come to an end. The bowl season begins on December 17, 2011.  Football Net | ESPN
NCAA Hockey Regular Season underway
NCAA Basketball 2011-2012 Season
underway
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Dow Jones, Nasdaq, S&P 500, Stock Market Data  |  Stock Market Watch  |  Yahoo! Finance  ストックマーケット情報
Photo of the Day (National Geographic) 今日の写真 |  This Day in History 今日の歴史
How many days until Christmas 2011?   Countdown to Christmas     もういくつ寝るとクリスマス

Will we have a White Christmas?  | Odds for a "Brown Christmas" increasing?
December 20  Menorah Lighting Ceremony
**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111220) Sapsucker's spaced horizontal and vertical holes in this pine tree trunk. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckerキツツキ一種)が、サップを飲むためやサップを飲みに来た昆虫を捕獲するために、掘った穴;垂直方向や水平方向にほぼ等間隔に穴をあけます   Watch Videos
**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111219) Winterberry Fruits   Arboretum, December 17, 2011
**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111218) Flying Squirrels glide rather than flyFlying squirrel リス (モモンガの一種) は、飛ぶと言うより、滑降します   Watch videos
111217 Kim Jong II dies:  CNN
  |  USA Today
December 17, 2011 Very Nice Christmas Decorations at the Arboretum's Visitor Center
December 17, 2011 Nature Notes from Matt and Julie's Nature Walk at Arboretum  ネーチャーノート Spotted a Bald Eagle, Chickadees, Crows, Sapsucker's spaced horizontal and vertical holes in a pine trunk, Crow's abandoned nest, Didn't see the barred owl, which Matt had seen a day before yesterday. One of the walk event - attendees showed a snowy owl photo, which he had shot a few days ago or so. It was cool. The "Nature Notes Board" in the lobby of the Visitors Center also says, "A Snowy Owl was spotted at Arboretum on December 7, 2011." We've never seen a snowy owl.
Gray Squirrels,
Animal tracks (Coyotes and Squirrels)
A Leopard Frog, which was rescued from Matt's home yard yesterday.

Plants: White Birch, Eastern Hemlock, Dogwood, Ironwood, Kentucky Coffee Tree with its seed pods, Winterberry fruits, Crabapple fruits, Highbush Cranberry fruits, Bittersweet fruits, etc.  Our Wildlife photos

**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111217) College Football Photos カレッジフットボール写真: College Football Games | College Football Bowl Games | College Football Fans | College Football Cheerleaders | College Football Team Mascots NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) The 2011 college football regular season has come to an end. The bowl season begins on December 17, 2011.  Football Net | ESPN   カレッジフットボールレギュラーシーズンは終わり、12月17日からボールゲームが始まります
**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111216) Squirrel's Nest  リスの巣 Photo 7a / 7b (Up-Close) 
**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111216) Gingerbread House Contest    ジンジャーブレッドハウスコンテスト
**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111215) Woodpecker's new tree cavity for winter shelter    キツツキが新しく作った避寒用の穴
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Audubon: December 14, 2011 - January 5, 2012 | Citizen Science 
Thousands of volunteers across the Americas will take part in the annual Christmas Bird Count. We think anyone, who is interested in participating in a Christmas Bird Count, in the world had better take part in the Christmas Bird Count. アメリカのみならず、世界中で、このようなバードカウントを始めたらと思います。
December 14, 2011    8 Hours 49 Minutes Daylight 
昼の長さ    Info Source: Freshwater Society     "With the winter solstice fast approaching, days are getting shorter."
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Iraq War, that began almost nine years ago, will finally come to an end.   Our Iraq War page
**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111214) White-breasted Nuthatch  (Nuthatch)  ゴジュウカラの一種   White-breasted Nuthatch の特徴は、木の上から下に下りながら、虫を探し... 
Gingerbread House Contests, for example, Enter the Pioneer Press gingerbread house contest  |  Pioneer Press
**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111213) Wow, we run into a Buck on the park trail    雄シカにバッタリ、パークトレイルで出くわしました Photo:  1a / 1b (Up-Close) 
**Picture of the Week**  (Photo Gallery > Picture of the Week 111212, 111213) This lake begins to freeze over. Quite a few birds congregate on the open water:  6a  Snow-covered Boardwalk  |  6b  Lake Viewing Platform  |  7  Hawk  |  8  Birds Gather A  |  9a / 9b (Up-Close)  Birds Gather B  |  10a / 10b Snow-covered Boardwalk    この湖は、もうほとんど凍っています。オープンウオーターで餌さをあさったり、水を飲んだり、泳いだり、休んだりする鳥たちと氷の上で体を寄せ合って、休む鳥たち
December 11, 2011 Nature Notes ネーチャーノート Spotted a Hawk, Lake Phalen and Round Lake have frozen over. We saw our first ice fishing houses of the season on Round Lake.

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