It is truly amazing what a little research about a single species of bird can turn up.
Take the chickadee, for instance. Edward Howe Forbush, an ornithologist in Massachusetts, set out to make his apple orchard especially attractive to chickadees during the winter to find out what they liked to eat. He offered them various things but found they preferred to forage.
He discovered the eggs of caterpillars, cankerworms and some other enemies of trees were their favorites. A single bird would eat more than 250 eggs at a single meal.
An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County that starts today offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.
The two-day course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 6-7 in Roane County United Way at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.
Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.