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Geology of the Baraboos

An elongated ring of hills and ridges rise in south-central Wisconsin. Known as the Baraboos, they represent outcrops of ancient Precambrian quartzite, 1.5 billion years old. Folded downward by tectonic forces and buried by younger Paleozoic...Show More Summary

How Impossible, Actually, Is the Dinosaur DNA Splicing in Jurassic World?

By the time Jurassic World begins, dino-making is yesterday’s news. Brontosaurs? Boring. Triceratops? Over it. The “science” that made all the wonder in the first film possible—extracting DNA from ancient mosquitoes, filling in the gaps with frog genes, and whisking it all together to grow a real live dinosaur—it’s all been done. Show More Summary

Biology Finally Explains Why Honey Badger Don’t Care

It’s official: Honey badger don’t care. This “crazy nastyass” critter—the subject of a National Geographic documentary transformed into a viral meme through satirical overdubbing—“really don’t give a shit.” Not about snarky documentaries,...Show More Summary

A Rim of Storms

A dome of high pressure over the Southeastern U.S. is causing two interconnected weather problems. Beneath the dome, air is sinking and heating up, producing hot and humid conditions; afternoon highs have been in the mid to upper 90s F with heat indexes above 100. Show More Summary

Feeding the Bobcat

I was getting so many busted owls and hawks last winter--just giving them a way-station and transfer to the Ohio Wildlife Center via my Owl Angel Lee H., that I asked my neighbors Sherm and Beth to save me their mice when they snap-trapped them. Show More Summary

Genetics, Gender & Sexuality

One's gender, from a purely anatomic point of view, is determined at conception; if the mother's egg is fertilized by a sperm with a Y chromosome the fetus is genetically male (XY) while a sperm with an X chromosome will produce a female fetus (XX). Show More Summary

Magpie Invasion

Black-billed magpies are common residents along the Colorado Front Range and we often observe pairs or small flocks on our Littleton farm. Yesterday, however, we had a full-fledged magpie invasion, consisting of thirty or more birds....Show More Summary

To Touch a Baby Bobcat

I have so many fond memories of my dad, and one of my favorites is his saying, out of nowhere, "I've always thought a bobcat would make a nice pet. Get him young, tame him down, that'd be a real nice pet." He'd usually go on, "I don't have much use for housecats, but a bobcat seems like a real nice animal." Well. Show More Summary

Woodhouse's Toad

On my many hikes at South Platte Park, I occasionally run across a Woodhouse's toad, especially during their breeding season of April through June. This medium sized toad inhabits Central and Western regions of North America, from the...Show More Summary

How I fell in love with a fish: Dan Barber on TED.com

Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie’s honeymoon he’s enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in [ … ]

Mill Creek Hike with Seventh Graders!

Earlier this week, I and two other Virginia Master Naturalists along with Justine and Connor from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation led hikes for Narrows Middle School seventh graders in groups of two. In total, 58 students trekked about 1/2 mile along Mill Creek up to the reservoir. Show More Summary

Baby Bobcat!

This summer has been neither easy or lazy, but it sure has been interesting. I have noticed a shift in the kind of pleas for help I get over the phone all day long. Since the Ohio Division of Natural Resources has listed wildlife rehabilitators by county on its website, I've gotten a different kind of caller. Show More Summary

Ridiculously Excited

This article appeared on the Nature Center blog and in local papers: Photography Intensive by Jennifer Schlick I am ridiculously excited by the lineup of instructors for the Nature Center’s June 20, 2015 Photography Intensive!  The talent and experience of the instructors is top-notch.  This is a real opportunity to rub elbows with many fine […]

A 20-Foot Great White, Up Close and Personal

We interrupt your regularly scheduled heartwarming animal video for something much more summer appropriate: Shark cage footage of a massive, 20-foot-long great white. Taken in 2014 off of Guadalupe Island in Mexico, the video features researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla in an underwater cage as Deep Blue—the 20-footer in question—approaches. Show More Summary

Climate Change & Human Migration

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

We humans evolved about 130,000 years ago in East Africa; at that time, the last of the Pleistocene's warm interglacial periods was underway. As a result, for the first 50,000 years of our history, humans were confined to Sub-Saharan...Show More Summary

Jakes Rocks

It was my turn to write for the newspaper this week. Mini-Adventure at Jakes Rocks by Jennifer Schlick One of my friends is on a cross-country adventure with her daughter. I’m enjoying her regular posts of photos and quick snippets of story line. Ice on her tent, but a beautiful view. Fishing for trout. Dinner […]

A Three-pronged Attack

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Two days ago, just after noon, a blue jay began to shriek from a treeline behind our Littleton house. He was soon joined by three other jays and I assumed that their frantic cries were triggered by an owl, a hawk or a cat. Indeed, blue...Show More Summary

The Blanca Monsoon

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Blanca, initially a hurricane off the coast of the Baja Peninsula, has moved into the Desert Southwest as a Tropical Depression, bringing copious moisture to Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. In many ways, this moisture flow...Show More Summary

High Water on the Great Plains

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Returning to Colorado yesterday, I crossed the Missouri River west of Columbia. Racing along, the river waters were lapping at trees on the banks while other trees and logs, swept from the floodplain farther upstream, tumbled in theShow More Summary

Deer Magic

This morning on the way to the boat launch for our pontoon ride, Paco and I saw some sweet scenes. The deer at North Bend aren't hunted, and they people the landscape in the most fearless way. Nothing says Eden quite like morning mist and four bucks in velvet, ignoring you. Show More Summary

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