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Death & Remembrance

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

We humans become aware of death at age 5 or so; from that point on, our concept of death is molded by our family, our friends and our education. Across the globe, different cultures instill their unique beliefs and, upon death, conduct specific rites.Those who live under the influence of mythology (i.e. Show More Summary

Big Oil & Big Tobacco

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

For many decades, the American tobacco industry dodged evidence that their products were linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease. That effort was enhanced by pseudo-scientists whom they hired to debunk the conclusions of the medical community. Show More Summary

Owls of North America and the Caribbean, by Scott Weidensaul

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

If you like owls as much as I do, then the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean is the book for you.  Filled with gorgeous, glossy photographs of owls, this book also serves as an excellent reference source. Neither as folksy and readable as the Bent series on birds nor […]

Frigid Air & Global Warming

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

When Arctic air invades the U.S., as it has twice in the past two weeks, climate change deniers begin to resurface, crowing that record lows negate the argument for global warming. Focused on their own interests, they are quick to claim that severe winter weather is more evidence that concerns over climate change are unwarranted. Show More Summary

A Tribute to Mom

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

My mother died today after a long, steady decline. Having raised eight children and nurtured twenty-one grandchildren, she also came to know five great grandsons. She was a mom's mom who loved children and we are all better for her devotion.I,...Show More Summary

Between Two Storms

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Granted a few mild days between potent winter storms, I headed down to South Platte Park this morning to see what winter had brought to the valley. The shallow ponds and wetlands were frozen but Eaglewatch Lake remained open, attracting...Show More Summary

Tulare Lake

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The Tulare Basin occupies the southern portion of California's Great Central Valley. Prior to the late 19th Century, the basin contained several lakes and a vast wetland, home to a fabulous diversity of wildlife and a magnet for massive...Show More Summary

Above the Smoky Hill River

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

As I flew from St. Louis to Denver this afternoon, the latest winter storm had spread dense cloud cover across the Midwest and Great Plains; my views were thus very limited. Then, about halfway to Denver, there was a break in the overcast...Show More Summary

A Flood of Arctic Air

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A massive pool of Arctic air is plunging south through the Great Plains. Triggered by a broad dip in the jet stream (an atmospheric trough), the dense, frigid air is sliding down along the Front Range and will soon encompass much ofShow More Summary

while there in the valley, after the storm (Jordan)

Looking down into Wadi Dana from Dana Village in Dana Biosphere and Nature Reserve, southwestern JordanDecember 2016 "We were penned in verminous houses of cold stone; lacking fuel, lacking food; storm-bound in streets like sewers, amid...Show More Summary

More Tardy Migrants

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Following the recent excitement on our Littleton farm after I discovered a chestnut-sided warbler here in mid November (see Late for the Tropics), four lesser goldfinches visited the property yesterday, gathering at the thistle feeder. Show More Summary


3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Late yesterday afternoon, as dusk enveloped the Front Range, I noticed a sharp-shinned hawk in one of our pinyon pines. Struggling to balance his prey as he fed on its carcass, he finally lost grip and his meal fell to the ground. Dropping to tear off another morsel, he flew to barren fruit tree and consumed that piece within minutes. Show More Summary

Childhood and Adult Behavior

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Spending a good deal of time with my new grandson, I cannot help but appreciate his innocence and his total dependence on those who care for him. Fortunately, he has been born to parents who love him and into an family that has the means to provide for all his needs. Show More Summary

I See Change

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

Everyone sees change over their lifetime. I certainly have. This year was my 45th living on our mountaintop property in central Pennsylvania. My husband Bruce and I also celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary. The three sons we raised on this mountain are middle-aged and we are old. During our tenure here we have seen many […]

Cold Sunshine in the Valley

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Brilliant sunshine bathed the South Platte Valley this morning but the overnight chill was slow to dissipate. Ice coated the wetlands and shallow inlets while the lakes remained open, attracting an increasing number and diversity ofShow More Summary

Worry: A Human Scourge

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

We humans tend to worry. Of course, some of us worry more than others and those with depression or anxiety disorders are most subject to this human scourge.We worry about our finances, our health, the welfare of our children, the risks...Show More Summary

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