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Wendy Bowman

Contributing Writer

Wendy Bowman is a freelance writer working out of San Clemente, California. Wendy has 30-plus years of experience creating content for magazines, websites and more, and she writes about a wide variety of topics for HowStuffWorks. Find her on LinkedIn.

Recent Contributions

6 Facts About the Majestic Snowy Owl

From the fictional Hedwig in the Harry Potter series, to those that live wild and free, the snowy owl is one of the most captivating species of owl in the world.

The Greyhound-like Borzoi Can Take Down a Wolf. What Can Your Dog Do?

A popular companion dog for European royalty for centuries, this elegant breed is still sought after worldwide, though somewhat difficult to find in the U.S.

The Echidna Is One of the World's Strangest Mammals

From the four-headed male reproductive organ to hosting the world's largest flea and sporting a body covered in spiny hairs, this cute little creature takes the cake for mammalian weirdness.

Why You — and Your Dog — Should Be Taking Glucosamine

As both human and animal bodies age, the cushioning connective tissue known as cartilage begins to wear down. That's where glucosamine comes in.

The Fast and Furious Peregrine Falcon Is a Midair Hunting Machine

While the cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, the peregrine falcon, a large predatory raptor, is by far the fastest bird on planet Earth.

8 Famous Parks Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Plus a Tiny One You May Not Know About

The designer of New York's Central Park believed that public parks were 'democratic spaces' belonging to all citizens, and aren't we glad he did?

The Rusty-spotted Cat Is a Teeny-tiny Wild Cat

This kitten-looking wild cat is known as the 'hummingbird of the cat family' and could almost fit in the palm of your hand, but its diminutive size belies a ferocious personality.

How the White House Rose Garden Became the Most Famous Garden in the World

The White House Rose Garden has been the scene of many history-making events, but the story of its creation is a fascinating tale in itself.

What's the Difference Between a Stoat and a Weasel?

The stoat and the weasel might look alike, but they're not the same animal. The stoat is a serious predator that kills its prey like a vampire!

What's the Difference Between Manta Rays and Stingrays?

These two sea creatures can be easy to confuse. But they're actually quite different. We talked to experts to find out how to tell them apart.

Why It's Important to Digitize Your Vintage Photos and Movies

Have a ton of precious old movies, photos and VHS tapes sitting in boxes gathering dust? It's time to go digital and preserve those memories for future generations.

Sunflowers Really Do Follow the Sun and 9 Other Dazzling Facts

Sunflowers are incredibly tough and can be grown in almost any soil. Plus, it's hard not to smile when you see a field of these bright yellow rays.

Is It a Zebra? A Giraffe? No, It's an Okapi

The okapi may look like a zebra-horse combo, but its closest relative is the giraffe. Here are nine fascinating facts about this curious creature.

Xoloitzcuintli: The Mexican Hairless Dog, Ancient Guide to the Underworld

The xoloitzcuintli is one of the most ancient of dog breeds and even was considered as a symbolic guide to the underworld by the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

The Cassowary Is the World's Most Dangerous Bird

This exotic bird could seriously injure or kill a person or a dog in an instant with its deadly claws.

An Anteater's Tongue Can Be 2 Feet Long! Plus 7 Other Peculiar Anteater Facts

The anteater has one of the strangest-looking noses in the animal kingdom, a truly fabulous hairdo and a tongue that reaches places never meant to see the light of day.

Once Thought Extinct, the Tasmanian Tiger May Still Be Prowling the Planet

On Sept. 7, 1936, Benjamin, the last known Tasmanian tiger, died in captivity at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania, Australia. But there are those who believe this extinct species still walks the Earth.

Some Starfish Have Up to 40 Arms! Plus 10 Other Starfish Facts

What lives in water, has no gills, scales or fins and is not a fish? Yep, a starfish — which is why marine biologists have renamed these creatures sea stars.

Is It a Pig? A Hog? No, It's a Javelina

Known in some circles as a 'musk hog' or 'skunk pig,' the javelina's good looks may be in the eye of the beholder, but there's a lot more to this beauty than meets the eye.

Isolation and Monotony Stress the Brain. Here's How to Cope

Social isolation, boredom and monotony in these days of COVID-19 may seem like passive problems, but they actually trigger the brain's stress reactions. Luckily, there's help.

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