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Migration Season at Eagle Bluffs

Though summer heat still envelops Central Missouri, there are signs of a seasonal shift at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. On my visit to the floodplain yesterday, summer songbirds were still evident in the woodlands and the greenery, though fading, was not yet tinged by the hues of autumn. Show More Summary

#WildlifeFromMyWindow - The power of social media

5 hours agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Elizabeth Guntrip explains her social media campaign for accessible nature for all.

Animals Scientists Thought Never, Ever Have Sex Actually Do Have Sex

This article originally appeared in Sick Papes, a blog about exciting new science papers. As all you puddle-suckers know, there are entire universes of microscopic organisms living in every drop of puddle water, moss-moisture, and sidewalk-juice. Show More Summary

Catalpa Worms!

A cool and beautiful Sunday morning, and I'm at the early service on Dean's Fork. The Right Rev. Allis Chalmers presiding, with Wingstem and Ironweed in the choir. "If you want to find caterpillars, look for their droppings." When I was a baby naturalist, this piece of (sound) advice seemed ridiculous to me. Show More Summary

Morning Moon

As I walked through campus this morning, a full moon gleamed above the western horizon. Its cream-colored disc, reflecting the glow of sunrise, was the only defect in a pale blue sky.Unchanged for billions of years, our lone satellite...Show More Summary

Late August Garden Tour

I was feeling kind of melancholy this evening. I'd taken Phoebe to the plane two days earlier, and it was really hitting me how alone I'd be while Liam was at school this fall. I ached for my girleen, so far away, and I had that dratted autumnal lump in my throat. Show More Summary

The Freedom of Naturalism

Naturalists, myself included, believe that humans are part of nature, no more important than other species and, compared to some like fungi and photosynthetic plants, far less vital to the health of natural ecosystems.Unfortunately,Show More Summary

BTO Migration Diary - Part one: Birds are heading south in force

5 days agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Paul Stancliffe from the BTO looks at the autumn migration of our birds.

Define "Rational": Is That a Decoy or Your Frog Prince?

“Irrational mate choice” sounds like an accusation my mother might level at me in a terse e-mail subject line, but in this case, it’s the title of a paper on sexual selection in the Panamanian túngara frog (Physalaemus pustulosus) published Thursday in Science magazine. Show More Summary

Assisting Nature

As a volunteer at a local nature preserve, I generally participate in songbird or waterfowl counts; on occasion, I have assisted with garden maintenance, trail work or habitat restoration. Yesterday, I agreed to take part in the collection...Show More Summary

Garden Makeover Part II

Here's the plan for my newly spacious front bed: I'm going to take a bunch of my planters and pots and sneak them into the bare spots I've made. Devious! I plant three huge Rex begonias right into the bed, and move two large mixed planters of geraniums and Abutilon and fuchsia into the bare areas. Show More Summary

Citizen Science: What's it all about?

last weekHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Sarah West is a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York. She has been designing and running citizen science projects since 2008, and does research into the people involved in citizen science.

Headwaters of the Colorado

About 28 miles west of Metro Denver, U.S. 40 cuts northward from Interstate 70, climbing to Berthoud Pass on the Continental Divide. North of that pass, the highway descends into the valley of the Fraser River, a tributary of the Upper...Show More Summary

Late Summer Garden Makeover: One Day, Big Difference

July 19. The place is looking pretty fly; the drought hasn't hit yet; the late summer crabgrass has yet to take over the entire lawn, and the daylilies are all blooming. By August 21, though, my front gardens were showing their age. That big front bed was buggin' me. Show More Summary

Denver from Above

My son, intent on getting his pilot's license, invited me along for his first lesson today. Taking off from Centennial Airport, we curved to the southeast and then followed Cherry Creek NNW to downtown Denver. From there we headed west...Show More Summary

The Art of Disappearing

When I got to the Hummingbird Festival, I was given a packet of directions to the various functions (banquet, hummingbird garden breakfast, hummingbird banding demonstration). There was an address on each sheet, but I didn't see any other identification. Show More Summary

More Lessers

Lesser goldfinches are summer residents along the Colorado Front Range, usually arriving in late April and departing by early October; those that summer in Colorado winter in the Desert Southwest, South Texas or Central America.While...Show More Summary

Wildfire Haze

A wet spring and early summer has, so far this year, protected Colorado from wildfires. Nevertheless, some 95 wildfires are burning across the drought-plagued West (especially in the Pacific Northwest) and the smoke from those firesShow More Summary

Eat The Young

In 1729, satirist Jonathan Swift proposed a sweeping solution to Ireland’s conjoined horrors of poverty, starvation, and overpopulation: Eat Irish babies. (One-year-olds, he surmised, would be equally tasty either roasted whole or baked into a pie.) Since then, murdering the youth has generally been a bit hard to sell as a social good. Show More Summary

New Colorado Wind Farms

Returning to Colorado after a one month absence, I was both surprised and delighted to encounter a new wind farm north of Interstate 70, between Burlington, Colorado and the Kansas border. Named the Carousel Wind Farm, this complex is...Show More Summary

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