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Nature Journals

This Saturday, July 16, I will make a presentation on nature journals to the 2016 Virginia Master Naturalist Class. Here is a list of resources for nature journals. Many of the links I listed on the slides on my powerpoint have beenShow More Summary

A Soggy Floodplain

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

After several days of intermittent, heavy rain, a soggy landscape greeted me at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area this morning; flooded fields, swollen sloughs and bank-full pools seemed to affect a variety of species. Powerlines were loaded...Show More Summary

The Savannah River

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The upper tributaries of the Savannah River rise on the eastern flank of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southern North Carolina. The Tallulah River rises southwest of Franklin, flowing south and then southeast while the Chattooga RiverShow More Summary

Rainout at Eagle Bluffs

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

When I arrived at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area this morning, a gray overcast stretched above the floodplain and the air was pleasantly mild. A flock of blue grosbeaks fed along the entry road and, farther along, a small bevy of bobwhites darted across my path. Show More Summary

The Madden-Julian Oscillation

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

First described in 1971, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is an area of atmospheric disturbance in the Tropics, characterized by a dipole of suppressed and enhanced convection (precipitation) that propagates eastward throughout the year; depending on its forward velocity, this "wave" circles the globe every 30 to 60 days. Show More Summary

Pileated Woodpeckers in Farm Country

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

After a week in Cincinnati, I left for Missouri this morning, driving northwest through Indiana. Despite the sunny, mild weather, only a dozen or so birds flew across my path between Cincinnati and Terre Haute; a great egret and a yellow-billed...Show More Summary

Springwatch Series Producer reflects on a fantastic year

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Springwatch Series Producer Adam White reflects on the 2016 Springwatch journey

The Nature of Derechos

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Derechos are long-lived wind events that begin as a cluster of thunderstorms. When such clusters develop in a favorable wind environment (where surface and upper level winds are moving in the same direction), they often develop a "bow...Show More Summary

Juno & The Ark

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Today, the Juno probe began to orbit Jupiter. After traveling 1.8 billion miles over five years, the probe will spend the next two years studying our solar system's largest planet, beaming information back to Earth, some 500 million miles away. Show More Summary

Living with Bears Redux

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

Most summer evenings after the heat of the day has faded, I walk Butterfly Loop. This trail encircles a portion of our 37-acre meadow we call First Field. Often I’m treated to a stunning sunset, and always I hear and see songbirds that prefer a meadow of forbs or the edge of a wooded ridge. […]

Spiderwort and Jefferson

Spiderwort Tradescantia virginiana A friend gave me some spiderwort plants last year so I planted them or more honestly just stuck them into the ground at the edge of a flower garden. This spring I noticed bluish-green leaves and almost pulled them up but then remembered that I had planted something. Show More Summary

Algal Sludge in Southeast Florida

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Over the past few weeks, a thick layer of putrid algae has been accumulating along canals and estuaries in Southeast Florida, centered near Stuart. This unnatural scourge is threatening both the local economy and the welfare of regional...Show More Summary

North of the Dome

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Over the past week, a subtropical dome of high pressure has been developing across eastern Mexico and the northern Gulf Coast. Pushing into the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley, it is both shunting Pacific storm systems to...Show More Summary

In Search of Grosbeaks

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Having learned that blue grosbeaks were recently sighted at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, a friend and I searched for them on our morning visit to that fabulous floodplain refuge. As is often the case in nature, we failed to locate...Show More Summary

Wild Grape Vines

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Today I engaged in my semiannual attempt to control wild grape vines throughout the wood border of our Columbia, Missouri, property. While the fruit of this fast growing vine is an important food source for many songbirds and mammals,...Show More Summary

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