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Good Question Reply All: Stadium Lights, Goose Bumps, And More

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Farrah from Young America asked, “Where do birds go during a thunderstorm?”

According to the non-game wildlife specialists at the DNR, birds are experts at seeking shelter.

“They use plants, shrubs, brush piles, or man-made structures to take cover,” said the DNR’s Lori Naumann.

Under these shrubs and piles, they will often find decomposing mulch or leaves where bugs, spiders, and other insects provide food for the birds while they wait out the storm.

Gopher fan Chris Holz from Northfield was watching the San Jose State game a few weeks back when he wondered, “Why are the stadium lights always on — even when it’s sunny?”

Paul Rovnak with the Minnesota Athletics Communications said it comes down to television.

“Typically, this is a request made by whoever our television broadcast partner is for the game,” he said.

The reason for that is sometimes the south side of the field is darker, so the lights are turned on to make sure everything looks the same on TV. And, if you’re wondering why the lights are on before the game, that’s for the players so they can warm-up with the same lighting levels they’ll see during the game.

Catherine, a fifth grader at St. Joseph’s in West St. Paul, asked, “Why are goose bumps called goose bumps?”

When you pluck a goose, you would find the goose skin leaves little bumps where the feathers used to be. Those little bumps looks like what happens to our skin when we get scared or cold or really happy. Why it’s not called chicken bumps or duck bumps, that part isn’t really clear.

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