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Winter takes a Hit

Down at South Platte Park this morning, crunchy snow still covered the ground and a layer of ice coated the larger lakes. Winter ducks congregated on the river and open pools; northern shovelers were most abundant, joined by buffleheads, common goldeneyes, lesser scaup, American coot, ring-necked ducks, common mergansers and a pair of redheads. Show More Summary

A Field of Snows

23 hours agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

My journey back to Colorado, across the Great Plains of North America, was mostly uneventful. Except for strong northwest winds across the High Plains, the weather cooperated and the usual mix of raptors and grassland songbirds made their appearance. Show More Summary

Parents & Football Trauma

Within a few hours of my writing this post, the 50th Super Bowl will be underway. I will not be watching; that's the least I can do.Having played football in grade school, I switched to swimming and baseball in later years. Our son also...Show More Summary

Introducing Grandkids to Eagles

Watching our grandsons for the day, we decided to coax them away from their cartoons and computer games by suggesting a visit to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. The promise of seeing bald eagles seemed to do the trick and we set offShow More Summary

What Makes a Jumping Bean So Jumpy?

A few months ago, I had the chance to take a bush walk with one of the most respected trail guides in South Africa, Stefan Winterboer. After showing us where a hippo had marked its territory by power-washing a small tree with its dung...Show More Summary

Wintering Tundra Swans

Breeding across the Arctic tundra of Alaska and Canada, North American tundra swans are represented by two populations, each currently comprised of about 100,000 birds. The western population, which breeds in Alaska, winters on estuaries...Show More Summary

Labels, Partisanship & Freedom

To date, candidates in the Presidential primaries seem to be more focused on labels than on policies. Quick to question one another's conservatism or liberalism, they are playing to the extreme elements of their parties, favoring partisanship...Show More Summary

Crick’s Run

Shortly after entering the woods at the end of the road, we found orange ribbons marking the trail. We followed them and eventually discovered that in addition to orange ribbons, there were also reflective markers, the likes of which I had never seen before. Some were plain round dots. Others were “flag” types. They led […]

Into the Light

Forget the silly groundhog ritual, spring is on its way. By early February, the higher sun angle and lengthening daylight are evident to all who venture from their winter caves. Though Old Man Winter has yet to lose his grip, MotherShow More Summary

Chipmunk Lives

It was eight degrees at dawn on February 6, and once again I was out on snowshoes looking for animal tracks. That’s when I spotted eastern chipmunk tracks emerging from a burrow hole beneath one log and moving over the snow to a hole underneath another log. Possibly it was a male checking out the […]

The Laurentian Divide

The Continental Divide of North America stretches from Alaska to Mexico, generally following the Brooks Range and Rocky Mountain corridor; this divide is commonly known to separate the streams flowing toward the Pacific Ocean from those draining toward the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Show More Summary

Surviving on Mars

This afternoon, my wife and I watched The Martian on streaming video. The movie is about an astronaut who is stranded on the Red Planet after a storm aborts his team's mission and about NASA's efforts to rescue him.Throughout the film,...Show More Summary

Mountain hare blog

last weekHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Scott Newey, an ecologist from the James Hutton Institute, explores the issues facing Mountain Hares – and explains why we don’t even know how many there are.

Canada's Missouri

The Missouri River of the U.S. rises along the Continental Divide in Montana and flows eastward across the Great Plains, receiving numerous tributaries along the way. It eventually empties into the Mississippi, north of St. Louis, which drains southward to the Gulf of Mexico. Show More Summary

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