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Beautiful but Deadly

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Over the past week, several clumps of star-of-bethlehem have appeared in our flower beds and along our wood border. Also known as grass lilies, these beautiful immigrants are native to Eurasia; they escaped cultivation in North America...Show More Summary

The Best Birding Month

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Most birders across central latitudes of North America would likely agree that April is the best birding month of the year. While migrant swans, geese and cranes move through in February and March, the waterfowl migration is peaking as April begins. Show More Summary

Deluge in Houston

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The ongoing deluge in Houston, Texas, is the product of a stalled cold front in East Texas and a "blocking high" over the eastern U.S. The latter dome of high pressure has caused the cold front to become stationary and, at the same time, is funneling a plume of Gulf moisture into the area. Show More Summary

Ecuador's Subduction Earthquake

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A massive earthquake struck the Ecuador coast, northwest of Quito, yesterday evening. Triggered by pressure release between the South American and Nazca Plates, the magnitude 7.8 quake was 20 times more powerful than the most recentShow More Summary

Calling all zombies!

This photo has nothing to do with the subject of my post, but.... cute kitty! So!A couple of friends on FB have been lamenting the demise of our blogs. We all seem to mostly agree that, coupled with life changes or varying degrees of...Show More Summary


I feel so rusty at this, so awkward. It’s not so much because actually doing it feels funny, but more because of the contrast between how unfamiliar it feels to be here, and how entirely natural it used to feel. It’s like returning to anything, I suppose. Show More Summary


Considering all the time I've spent in Florida the last couple years, you'd think I'd have seen a snowy plover by now, right? Well, I FINALLY got my life snowy at the end of last year when we spent Christmastime at Cape San Blas on the...Show More Summary

The Kyushu Earthquake

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The islands of Japan sit at the convergence of four major tectonic plates: the Eurasian, North American, Pacific and Philippine Plates. Throughout most of their history, the Pacific Plate was moving northwestward, bringing in terranes...Show More Summary

Mid-Day Nature Walk

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

In general, mid-day nature walks are not very productive during the warmer months, especially if you hope to encounter a good variety of wildlife. But when you're locked out of the house and your spouse is not due home for two hours,...Show More Summary

First Warbler!

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Attempting to read on the back deck this afternoon, I looked up to see the first migrant warbler of the season, flitting about, high in a neighbor's tree. Don't ask me what it was.I immediately knew it was not one of the yellow-rumped warblers that winter in our area; they are somewhat larger and more methodical in their feeding habits. Show More Summary

The Homewreckers Arrive

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

As color explodes and birdsong intensifies across central Missouri, the first pair of brown-headed cowbirds arrived on our property. Moving about the yard, the male engaged in his courtship display, anxious to mate with his bride; unfortunately,...Show More Summary

A Morning for Snipe

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On this stormy morning at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, a dense cloud deck blocked out the April sun, extending the dim light of dawn. Such conditions are favored by common snipe, chunky, long-billed "shorebirds" that inhabit inland swamps and wetlands of North America and Eurasia. Show More Summary

Encounter at Fossil Lake

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On my frequent trips between Colorado and Missouri, I always glance at a small lake just south of the Russell, Kansas, Exit. The lake reliably attracts a variety of seasonal migrants, including gulls, snow geese, American white pelicans...Show More Summary

The Nature of Statesmanship

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A statesman (or stateswoman), unlike typical politicians, provides leadership by inspiring confidence, offering well-considered policies and demonstrating the willingness and capacity to work with those who oppose his/her positions.Show More Summary

Dust Storms & Wildfires

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

It was mild and sunny along the Front Range urban corridor this morning but a dense band of clouds obscured the Continental Divide to our west. Arriving just after noon, this cold front unleashed strong winds, gusting to 50 mph.In many...Show More Summary

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