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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Nature in Winter

We humans, native to the Tropics, tend to prefer warm, sunny weather. Indeed, a significant portion of our population shuns winter altogether, venturing outdoors only to get the mail, walk the dog or fill the bird feeders.Such disdain...Show More Summary

Yellow-billed Loon visits Littleton

A yellow-billed loon is visiting South Platte Reservoir, in Littleton, attracting flocks of Front Range birders to the site. Present for a week or so, the loon may hang around as long as it finds enough food or until spring arrives.Natives of Arctic Canada and Alaska, yellow-billed loons are the largest members of their family. Show More Summary

Killers on the Highway

Heading back to Colorado, I drove from Columbia, Missouri, to Hays, Kansas, today. The weather on the Great Plains was sunny and mild, a welcome change from the recent Arctic plunge. Raptors seemed to appreciate the change as well, perching...Show More Summary

Evolution of Male Baldness

While male baldness has become stylish in recent decades, it has long been a source of anxiety in men, especially when it develops at a young age. Just look at the trouble our President goes to in order to hide his balding pate.The evolutionary benefit (if any) of male pattern baldness has long been the subject of debate. Show More Summary

Trump and our Natural Heritage

Many Americans could offer a variety of reasons why President Trump should be removed from office but those of us who care about the health and welfare of Earth's natural ecosystems are especially alarmed by the actions of his Administration. Show More Summary

The Ancestry Craze

One can hardly watch television, surf the internet or peruse a magazine without encountering ads for companies that want to research our ancestry. Since DNA analysis has become less expensive and more widely available, it is only natural...Show More Summary

North to a Frozen Landscape

Leaving Longboat Key early on New Years Day, we were enveloped in relatively cool pre-dawn air (61 degrees F) as we headed north. By the time we reached Tampa, light mist was coating the windshield and bands of showers continued to fall...Show More Summary

Aesthetic Evolution: Not Convinced

Since I have been a birder for more than forty years and have long had an interest in natural history, my son gave me a copy of The Evolution of Beauty, How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World--and Us, by Richard O. Show More Summary

The Politics of Ignorance

As his first year as President draws to a close, Donald Trump is once again ridiculing the science of climate change and peppering his tweets with a series of lies. While embellishing his own achievements and belittling his predecessors,...Show More Summary

Honoring Brutality

This morning, my wife and I visited the De Soto National Memorial Park, northwest of Bradenton, Florida, at the mouth of the Manatee River. It is one of several sites along the Gulf Coast where the Spanish Conquistador, Hernando de Soto,...Show More Summary

Leffis Key Preserve

At the extreme southeast end of Anna Marie Island, Leffis Key juts eastward into Sarasota Bay. Centered on a reclaimed spoil pile that rises 26 feet above the bay, the Leffis Key Preserve protects and continues to restore natural habitats...Show More Summary

Perico Preserve

Perico Island guards the north end of Sarasota Bay, east of Anna Marie Island; it is separated from the mainland by Perico Bayou. Perico Preserve, stretching across 176 acres of the island, has been established to reclaim natural habitat that was destroyed by agricultural, residential and industrial development. Show More Summary

Celebrating the Birth

On this Christian Holy Day, celebrating the birth of Jesus, I thought it appropriate to celebrate the birth of life itself. While religious scripture suggests that Jesus was born 2000 years ago, scientific data reveals that life first...Show More Summary

Terra Ceia Preserve State Park

The Terra Ceia Preserve State Park is a 2000 acre refuge along the south shore of Tampa Bay, in Manatee County. A mosaic of mangrove swamps, freshwater wetlands, open meadows and upland woods of slash pine, cabbage palm and live oak,...Show More Summary

Crinum Lily in Bloom

Walking through the Joan Durante Park on Longboat Key this morning, my wife and I came across a crinum lily in bloom. Also know as giant spider lilies or swamp lilies, these large plants are native to the subtropics of Southeast Asia...Show More Summary

Mystery Flycatcher

Yesterday, while walking along the boat canal at our condo complex, I spotted a flycatcher at the top of a small tree. It lacked eye-rings, had white wing bars, had a white chest with dusky sides and had a faint yellow wash on its abdomen. Show More Summary

Low Tide on Longboat Key

By mid morning, the subtropical sun had baked away a dense, overnight fog and a low tide produced extensive shallows along the edge of Sarasota Bay. American white pelicans floated through the thinning mist while a wide variety of waders...Show More Summary

Highway Birding: Day Two

When we left Chattanooga this morning (see yesterday's post), it was still dark and a steady rain was falling. The first light of dawn brightened the clouds as we drove through Dalton, Georgia, but the rain continued until we reached Atlanta. Show More Summary

Birding on the Road

As we left Columbia, Missouri, this morning, on our way to Longboat Key, Florida, I decided to count the number of bird species that I observed along the highways; after all, one needs something to make a long drive through familiar terrain more interesting. Show More Summary

A Ladybird in December

On this mild, sunny afternoon in central Missouri, I was reading on our back deck when a ladybird beetle landed on my arm. This beloved beetle, typically associated with warm summer days, usually overwinters in large congregations, choosing protected sites in barns, sheds, loose bark or brush piles. Show More Summary

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