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A Primordial Experience

Last evening, several hours after sunset, my wife and I took a walk on the beach. Equipped with a flashlight, we moved across the soft sand, searching the exposed flats at low tide.Overhead, the clear sky exposed a bowl of stars, including those of Orion and the Pleiades. Show More Summary

Winterwatch 2017

yesterdayHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Series Producer Chris Howard highlights the animals we'll be following in Winterwatch 2017.

A Beached Cormorant

Strolling along the beach on Longboat Key this afternoon, my wife and I encountered a double-crested cormorant that had become stuck in the dry, mounded sand just above the tide line. As we approached his struggles intensified and he...Show More Summary

People Beaches

Many of Florida's beautiful beaches are maintained for humans. Frequently restored with sand and raked daily to remove seaweed and other natural flotsam, they are like broad, flat parking lots, ideal for beach parties, volleyball orShow More Summary

Visitor at the Door

Yesterday, my wife and I returned from a walk on the beach to find a large, attractive moth on our screen door; initially mistaken for a dead leaf, the moth had leathery looking, red-brown wings.Touching its wing to encourage it to fly...Show More Summary

Robinson Preserve

Stretching south from the entry to Tampa Bay and east from Perico Bayou, the 487 acres of Robinson Preserve, owned and managed by Manatee County, stretch across broad tidal flats. Visitors can bike, or hike across the fascinating landscape,...Show More Summary

Spreading my eBird Wings

After joining eBird last spring, I filed my reports from Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, in Columbia, Missouri, from South Platte Park, in Littleton, Colorado, and from my residences in both of those cities. Today, I had my first opportunity...Show More Summary

Caving to a Narcissist

Donald Trump is not yet President of the United States but he has already managed to place leaders of industry and officials within his own party under his bigoted thumb. Though he has refused to release his tax returns, declined toShow More Summary

Preparing to Change Seasons

Tomorrow, my wife and I will return to our condo on Longboat Key, Florida, for the first time in a year. Coming on the heels of a significant winter storm, the journey will be especially welome.While I would never want to live in the...Show More Summary

Jim Bridger

Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1804 (the same year that the Lewis and Clark Expedition began), Jim Bridger moved to St. Louis, Missouri, during his childhood; after his parents died, Jim joined a fur trapping company at the age of 16...Show More Summary

From Drought to Flooding Rains

California's ten year drought may end with extensive flooding. Following this week's winter storm, which coated the Sierra Nevada with up to 80 inches of snow, another Pacific storm is approaching from the west, directing a plume ofShow More Summary

Assisting Predators

This morning, with six inches of snow on the ground and flurries still in the air, the feeding area at our Littleton farm was especially active. The visitors were the usual suspects: house finches, Eurasian collared doves, dark-eyedShow More Summary

Before the Storm

With a winter storm bearing down on the Front Range, I headed to South Platte Park before conditions worsened. Though only scattered flurries had developed, the air was frigid, a low gray overcast blocked the intense Colorado sun and a light, northeast breeze intensified the chill. Show More Summary

Snow from Coast to Coast

A potent winter storm is directing a massive plume of Pacific moisture toward the Sierra Nevada, where up to six feet of snow is expected; no doubt, this is a welcome development in drought-plagued California. Moving eastward acrossShow More Summary

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