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An Early Kite

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On this sunny, cool morning in central Missouri, a friend and I headed down to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on the Missouri River floodplain. For mid March, waterfowl were not abundant, represented primarily by Canada geese, mallards,...Show More Summary

Flashback Post I

Rather than repeating myself when it comes to seasonal highlights, I have decided to start directing readers to past posts. This first Flashback Post relates to the annual congregation of sandhill cranes on the Platte River in south-central Nebraska.See: Cranes on the Platte River

Fitness: A Gift to our Kids

We all want what's best for our children. From the time of their birth, we provide the love, food and shelter that they need. We take them to interesting places, help them with school work and attend their sporting events or performances.But one of the most important gifts that we can offer is to encourage them to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Show More Summary

Stephen Hawking's Legacy

Stephen Hawking, the renowned cosmologist and theoretical physicist, died yesterday at the age of 76. Diagnosed with ALS in 1963, when he was 21, he was advised that he had but two years to live. So much for predicting the course ofShow More Summary

Mind over Body

The phrase "mind over body" generally has positive implications. Individuals hampered by physical disability, injury or disease overcome those conditions to survive and thrive, inspiring those of us who do not face such challenges.But...Show More Summary

Nuthatch Thievery

Yesterday afternoon, as I peered outside to check on the progress of our expected rain showers, I saw a red-breasted nuthatch in one of our black locust trees. Circling a major branch with a seed in his bill, this avian acrobat was searching...Show More Summary

An Owl Duet

The great horned owl that has been serenading our Littleton farm for the past two weeks appears to have attracted a partner. Last night, about 3 AM, a duet of hoots and other vocalizations echoed from the top of a large honeylocust next...Show More Summary

Birding 101

Fortunately, after a series of visits to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, near Columbia, Missouri, and South Platte Park, in Littleton, Colorado, my ten year old grandson has maintained an interest in birding. Harboring a life list of...Show More Summary

Armchair Birding

Late this afternoon, as I sat in our farmhouse living room watching college basketball, a small raptor landed on a limb of our catalpa, framed within a small window just above the television. It was a sharp-shinned hawk, a small accipiter...Show More Summary

Our Protectionist President

This week, President Trump announced that he plans to protect American jobs by imposing tariffs on steel, aluminum and, perhaps, other products; oh, and by the way, he wants to gut NAFTA. As usual, his answer to a complex problem is simple and he doesn't appear to consider the ramifications of his policies. Show More Summary

Reducing Stress

In this 24/7, hurry-up world, stress affects us all to some degree. Excessive stress can lead to a variety of medical problems: headaches, anxiety, peptic ulcers, cardiovascular disease and irritable bowel syndrome to name but a few....Show More Summary

Red Flag Warning

A red flag warning has been issued for eastern Colorado, from the Front Range foothills to the Kansas border. High winds, produced by high pressure west of the Continental Divide and low pressure on the High Plains, will rake the area, increasing the risk of wildfires. Show More Summary

Bicoastal Storms

Storm systems are centered around an area of low atmospheric pressure and the lower the pressure the more potent the storm. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, winds circle counterclockwise around the central low, sweeping waves and precipitation in that direction. Show More Summary

A Late Winter Chorus

While walking around Perry Phillips Lake, south of Columbia, this morning, I heard the first chorus frog calls of the season. Resembling the sound produced by running your thumbnail down the teeth of a comb, the calls are delivered day and night as males gather in temporary pools to attract females. Show More Summary

Night of the Owl

Last night, I was awakened by the hoots of a great horned owl; it was just after midnight. The owl was clearly perched near to our farmhouse but, despite the bright full moon, I could not see it from the bedroom window.Long fascinated by owls, I always enjoy hearing their calls and listened as his nocturnal lecture continued. Show More Summary

Above Kansas Rivers

Flying back to Denver this morning, the landscape of Missouri was shrouded by clouds but clear skies over Kansas and Colorado provided a spectacular view of the Great Plains geography. The first recognizable feature was Perry Lake, northeast...Show More Summary

Diamonds in the Sky

On this pleasant, late afternoon in central Missouri, I went out on the back deck to see what avian visitors might stop by and I was treated to a noisy mix of resident and wintering birds. Turkey vultures were most numerous, lazily circling overhead before settling in their roost a mile up the road. Show More Summary

Migrants on the Floodplain

This morning, a friend and I headed down to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on the Missouri River floodplain. Despite the damp, chilly and cloudy weather, it was a productive visit, especially for waterfowl watching.Once again, mallards...Show More Summary

An Icy Morning in Columbia

Following heavy rains yesterday, an overnight freeze placed a coat of ice on the vegetation of central Missouri. Nevertheless, after thawing out our VW Beetle, I headed over to the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary, on the west sideShow More Summary

On the Atmospheric Fence

Here in central Missouri, we are temporarily caught between a deep atmospheric trough in the West and an atmospheric ridge in the East. The former has brought cold, wintry weather to the western half of the country and the latter has...Show More Summary

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