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People Beaches

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Many of Florida's beautiful beaches are maintained for humans. Frequently restored with sand and raked daily to remove seaweed and other natural flotsam, they are like broad, flat parking lots, ideal for beach parties, volleyball orShow More Summary

Visitor at the Door

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Yesterday, my wife and I returned from a walk on the beach to find a large, attractive moth on our screen door; initially mistaken for a dead leaf, the moth had leathery looking, red-brown wings.Touching its wing to encourage it to fly...Show More Summary

Robinson Preserve

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Stretching south from the entry to Tampa Bay and east from Perico Bayou, the 487 acres of Robinson Preserve, owned and managed by Manatee County, stretch across broad tidal flats. Visitors can bike, or hike across the fascinating landscape,...Show More Summary

Spreading my eBird Wings

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

After joining eBird last spring, I filed my reports from Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, in Columbia, Missouri, from South Platte Park, in Littleton, Colorado, and from my residences in both of those cities. Today, I had my first opportunity...Show More Summary

Caving to a Narcissist

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Donald Trump is not yet President of the United States but he has already managed to place leaders of industry and officials within his own party under his bigoted thumb. Though he has refused to release his tax returns, declined toShow More Summary

Preparing to Change Seasons

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Tomorrow, my wife and I will return to our condo on Longboat Key, Florida, for the first time in a year. Coming on the heels of a significant winter storm, the journey will be especially welome.While I would never want to live in the...Show More Summary

Jim Bridger

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1804 (the same year that the Lewis and Clark Expedition began), Jim Bridger moved to St. Louis, Missouri, during his childhood; after his parents died, Jim joined a fur trapping company at the age of 16...Show More Summary

From Drought to Flooding Rains

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

California's ten year drought may end with extensive flooding. Following this week's winter storm, which coated the Sierra Nevada with up to 80 inches of snow, another Pacific storm is approaching from the west, directing a plume ofShow More Summary

Assisting Predators

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

This morning, with six inches of snow on the ground and flurries still in the air, the feeding area at our Littleton farm was especially active. The visitors were the usual suspects: house finches, Eurasian collared doves, dark-eyedShow More Summary

Before the Storm

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

With a winter storm bearing down on the Front Range, I headed to South Platte Park before conditions worsened. Though only scattered flurries had developed, the air was frigid, a low gray overcast blocked the intense Colorado sun and a light, northeast breeze intensified the chill. Show More Summary

Snow from Coast to Coast

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A potent winter storm is directing a massive plume of Pacific moisture toward the Sierra Nevada, where up to six feet of snow is expected; no doubt, this is a welcome development in drought-plagued California. Moving eastward acrossShow More Summary

San Gabriel Mountains

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Anyone who has watched the annual Rose Bowl, from Pasadena, California, has surely noticed the majestic wall of the San Gabriel Mountains that looms north of the city. Stretching for almost 69 miles east to west, this range, like most...Show More Summary

Not a Snipe Hunt

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

On a cold, crisp day in late January, my husband Bruce, son Mark, and I set out on our annual Winter Raptor Survey in nearby Sinking Valley. Although a substantial snow had fallen the previous day, all the township roads had been plowed, and Bruce had no trouble driving our usual 35-mile route. Despite a […]

The Human New Year

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

At 12 am today, the Human New Year began; we have all agreed that it is 2017, based solely on the religious beliefs of a segment of our global population. This round, the first day of our New Year is eleven days after the winter solstice...Show More Summary

Music & Memories

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Music has played an important role in human civilization since the dawn of our species. For those of us who have lived in the age of mass media, it also marks the emotional roller-coaster of our lives.During childhood, jingles and holiday...Show More Summary

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