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The Fruits of Obstructionism

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Throughout President Obama's two terms, the Republican Congress has made every effort to block funding for his projects, deny consideration of his proposals and repeal programs that he has established; cooperation and compromise have been viewed as shameful traits among their ranks. Show More Summary

February in the Country

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Having returned to Missouri, I decided to take our VW Beetle out for a spin. After all, it's the closest that I'll ever get to a sports car and a country drive is one of my favorite activities. I thus set out for the farmlands east and...Show More Summary

Can working with nature help to stop flooding?

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Simon Wightman, RSPB Senior Land Use Policy Officer, looks at how working with nature can help to alleviate the risk of flooding.

Seven Rivers Road

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On my frequent trips between Colorado and Missouri, I cross seven major rivers of the Great Plains. Less than a mile from our Littleton farm, I ford the South Platte, which has just dropped through the Front Range foothills and is beginning its journey toward western Nebraska where it will merge with the North Platte River. Show More Summary

A February Chinook

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Raked by gusty southwest winds yesterday afternoon, the Front Range urban corridor enjoyed temperatures in the low to mid seventies (F); in Denver, an 86 year-old record high for the date (71F) was exceeded by two degrees. It felt as...Show More Summary

Dietary Phosphate & Heart Disease

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Yesterday, I attended a conference at the University of Colorado Medical Center that focused on the relationship between dietary phosphate, renal (kidney) disease and heart disease; the presenter was Dr. Myles Wolf from Northwestern University.As reported by Dr. Show More Summary

Bark Damage by Squirrels

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Since purchasing our Littleton, Colorado, farm in 1990, we have observed significant damage to our Siberian elms by resident fox squirrels. Since these "weed trees" pop up frequently and grow rapidly, the squirrel activity has generally been tolerated. Show More Summary

A magical sighting in rural Wales...

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Four years ago, Richard Bowler moved to rural Wales in the hope of photographing wildlife. He wasn't expecting what turned up in his garden...

A Nitpicker’s Guide to Venomous and Poisonous Creatures

“Are there any poisonous snakes around here?” a friend asked me while on a camping trip in Pennsylvania. There are no poisonous snakes here, I replied, because snakes are venomous, which means they inject venom into you. Frogs, beetles,...Show More Summary

A Seismic Shift in Oklahoma

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The State of Oklahoma sits on the "stable craton" of North America, far from active tectonic regions. Nevertheless, prior to 2011, it had a history of occasional earthquakes, likely induced by pressure shifts along old suture lines in...Show More Summary

The Susquehanna River

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The largest American river east of the Appalachians, the main (North) fork of the Susquehanna rises from Otsego Lake at Cooperstown, New York. Flowing southward and then southwestward, the river and its tributaries drain much of south-central...Show More Summary

Tale of Two Domes

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

This morning, an atmospheric dome of high pressure, centered over Minnesota, was bringing cold, Canadian air to most of the central and eastern U.S.; another high pressure dome sat over the Desert Southwest. Beneath the center of atmospheric...Show More Summary

A Walk through Elk Meadow

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On this beautiful, warm February afternoon, I joined my daughter and her two bassets for a walk through Elk Meadow Open Space, just north of Evergreen, Colorado. Stretching along the base of Bergen Peak, at an elevation of 7800 feet,...Show More Summary

South Valley Park

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A hogback of Cretaceous sandstone forms the eastern edge of the Colorado Front Range, rising sharply from the Piedmont. Just west of this hogback is the Morrison Valley, underlaid with Jurassic shale; at its western edge is the Lyons Formation (Permian in age), a yellow-gray ridge of sandstone. Show More Summary

What's happened to the jays this winter?

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Bird Ringing Recoveries Officer at the British Trust for Ornithology.

Winter takes a Hit

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Down at South Platte Park this morning, crunchy snow still covered the ground and a layer of ice coated the larger lakes. Winter ducks congregated on the river and open pools; northern shovelers were most abundant, joined by buffleheads, common goldeneyes, lesser scaup, American coot, ring-necked ducks, common mergansers and a pair of redheads. Show More Summary

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