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Introducing Grandkids to Eagles

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Watching our grandsons for the day, we decided to coax them away from their cartoons and computer games by suggesting a visit to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. The promise of seeing bald eagles seemed to do the trick and we set offShow More Summary

What Makes a Jumping Bean So Jumpy?

A few months ago, I had the chance to take a bush walk with one of the most respected trail guides in South Africa, Stefan Winterboer. After showing us where a hippo had marked its territory by power-washing a small tree with its dung...Show More Summary

Wintering Tundra Swans

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Breeding across the Arctic tundra of Alaska and Canada, North American tundra swans are represented by two populations, each currently comprised of about 100,000 birds. The western population, which breeds in Alaska, winters on estuaries...Show More Summary

Labels, Partisanship & Freedom

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

To date, candidates in the Presidential primaries seem to be more focused on labels than on policies. Quick to question one another's conservatism or liberalism, they are playing to the extreme elements of their parties, favoring partisanship...Show More Summary

Crick’s Run

Shortly after entering the woods at the end of the road, we found orange ribbons marking the trail. We followed them and eventually discovered that in addition to orange ribbons, there were also reflective markers, the likes of which I had never seen before. Some were plain round dots. Others were “flag” types. They led […]

Into the Light

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Forget the silly groundhog ritual, spring is on its way. By early February, the higher sun angle and lengthening daylight are evident to all who venture from their winter caves. Though Old Man Winter has yet to lose his grip, MotherShow More Summary

Chipmunk Lives

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

It was eight degrees at dawn on February 6, and once again I was out on snowshoes looking for animal tracks. That’s when I spotted eastern chipmunk tracks emerging from a burrow hole beneath one log and moving over the snow to a hole underneath another log. Possibly it was a male checking out the […]

The Laurentian Divide

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The Continental Divide of North America stretches from Alaska to Mexico, generally following the Brooks Range and Rocky Mountain corridor; this divide is commonly known to separate the streams flowing toward the Pacific Ocean from those draining toward the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Show More Summary

Surviving on Mars

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

This afternoon, my wife and I watched The Martian on streaming video. The movie is about an astronaut who is stranded on the Red Planet after a storm aborts his team's mission and about NASA's efforts to rescue him.Throughout the film,...Show More Summary

Mountain hare blog

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Scott Newey, an ecologist from the James Hutton Institute, explores the issues facing Mountain Hares – and explains why we don’t even know how many there are.

Canada's Missouri

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

The Missouri River of the U.S. rises along the Continental Divide in Montana and flows eastward across the Great Plains, receiving numerous tributaries along the way. It eventually empties into the Mississippi, north of St. Louis, which drains southward to the Gulf of Mexico. Show More Summary

The Most Disconcerting Animal That Lives In Your Home

According to a study published last week, your house could be home to more than 500 different kinds of insects, spiders, and other arthropods. That means jumping bristletails, firebrats, and minute pirate bugs. We’re talking about bark...Show More Summary

The Church of Kindness

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Since establishing this blog in 2006, I have frequently expressed my disdain for organized religions, the most divisive and oppressive institutions ever conceived by human beings. Throughout our history, they have spawned more suffering,...Show More Summary

March in January

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Were it March, today would be described as a raw day; showers are threatening, the afternoon temperature is hovering in the low-mid forties (F) and a gray overcast shrouds the landscape of central Missouri. However, since it's late January...Show More Summary

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