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Humans & Houseflies

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

We humans are annoyed by houseflies. They become trapped in our home and buzz about our face. When not bothering us they feast on garbage and lay their eggs in feces or carrion. Unlike flies that pollinate flowers, they seem to play no significant role in nature's complex web of life. Show More Summary

Louisiana Flooding

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Southern Louisiana has been inundated with rain over the past few days; almost two feet have fallen in some areas and widespread flooding has developed. The culprit is a subtropical low, the same system that brought heavy rain to Florida's...Show More Summary

The River Tern

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A wide variety of gulls, terns, geese, ducks and other water birds migrate along the Mississippi and its tributaries but few nest along the rivers themselves. One exception is the least tern, the smallest tern in North America.Common...Show More Summary

A Back Door Front

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Returning to Missouri today, I was greeted by hot, humid air. Having just endured the same conditions across Kansas, it seemed that no relief was in sight, at least for the next few days.Then, about 5 PM, I heard rumbles of thunder.Show More Summary

Counting on Javier

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

To date, the Southwest Monsoon has been a dud along the Colorado Front Range. Unlike the upslope storms of spring, which douse the entire region with rain or snow, monsoon rains are generally associated with thunderstorms and precipitation coverage is often spotty. Show More Summary

The Nature of Sport

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

As the Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, one wonders what drives athletes to excel, especially those devoted to individual, non-team sports. No doubt, most have natural talents that were recognized at an early age and then nurtured and encouraged by parents and coaches over the years. Show More Summary

A Bushtit Invasion

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Large flocks of bushtits invaded our Littleton, Colorado, farm this evening. Joining chickadees, downy woodpeckers and a pair of red-breasted nuthatches, they scoured the trees for insects, their high-pitched calls ringing across the farm.As I have indicated in past posts, the population of these tiny insectivores is highly variable on our property. Show More Summary

No Magpie Zone

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

When I joined eBird and started filing reports from South Platte Park (the section near C-470), I assumed that black-billed magpies would be among my most commonly sighted species. After all, these gregarious and noisy birds are abundant...Show More Summary

A Bone Dry Farm

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Returning to our Littleton, Colorado, farm after a month in the Midwest, I found that it was bone dry. Our unwatered "lawns" consisted of broken patches of dusty ground cover and the leaves of our perennial shrubs were wilted and limp. Show More Summary

Missouri: the Trailhead State

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On my many trips between Missouri and Colorado, I often think of the emigrants who crossed the Great Plains via wagon trains. Of course, they were preceded by explorers and trappers on horseback who scoured the West during the 17th and...Show More Summary

The Ellicott City Flood

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Ellicott City, Maryland, a scenic and historic town on the west bank of the Patapsco River, endured a tragic flash flood this past Saturday. A line of intense thunderstorms "trained" across the hilly terrain, dropping up to 8 inchesShow More Summary

Chimney Swifts

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

Think of them as “flying cigars,” one of several descriptive nicknames for birds first named “American swifts” by early naturalists and later in the nineteenth century renamed chimney swifts. Their short, bluish-black bodies with silver gray throats and squared-off tails flutter bat-like through the air on long, scythe-shaped wings. Show More Summary

The Afterlife of Trees

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

We humans, capable of reasoning but inclined toward mysticism, tend to think of our species as the pinnacle of evolution (if not created outright). Though we do possess superior brain power, we are inferior to other species in many respects,...Show More Summary

Birding Lessons

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Much to my delight, a bit of encouragement seems to have taken hold and my oldest grandson has developed an interest in birding (see Introducing Grandkids to Eagles). This morning, a quick trip through Eagle Bluffs Conservation AreaShow More Summary

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