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A Feast in the Shadows

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On my visit to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area this morning, I encountered a feeding spectacle near the south end of the refuge. A shallow pool below an outlet canal teemed with small fish, clearly stressed by the falling water levelShow More Summary

The Grindstone Trail

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Grindstone Creek rises on the farmlands east of Columbia, Missouri, and flows westward, entering Hinkson Creek in the Grindstone Nature Area. A parking lot for the latter is accessed from Old Highway 63, just south of Stadium Blvd. in...Show More Summary

Poisoning Democracy

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

As a narcissist, Donald Trump cannot accept rejection. Despite his brutish behavior and his rants against immigrants and globalization, he blames the media for his falling poll numbers and warns his admirers that a rigged system mayShow More Summary

Humans & Houseflies

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

We humans are annoyed by houseflies. They become trapped in our home and buzz about our face. When not bothering us they feast on garbage and lay their eggs in feces or carrion. Unlike flies that pollinate flowers, they seem to play no significant role in nature's complex web of life. Show More Summary

Louisiana Flooding

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Southern Louisiana has been inundated with rain over the past few days; almost two feet have fallen in some areas and widespread flooding has developed. The culprit is a subtropical low, the same system that brought heavy rain to Florida's...Show More Summary

The River Tern

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A wide variety of gulls, terns, geese, ducks and other water birds migrate along the Mississippi and its tributaries but few nest along the rivers themselves. One exception is the least tern, the smallest tern in North America.Common...Show More Summary

A Back Door Front

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Returning to Missouri today, I was greeted by hot, humid air. Having just endured the same conditions across Kansas, it seemed that no relief was in sight, at least for the next few days.Then, about 5 PM, I heard rumbles of thunder.Show More Summary

Counting on Javier

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

To date, the Southwest Monsoon has been a dud along the Colorado Front Range. Unlike the upslope storms of spring, which douse the entire region with rain or snow, monsoon rains are generally associated with thunderstorms and precipitation coverage is often spotty. Show More Summary

The Nature of Sport

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

As the Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, one wonders what drives athletes to excel, especially those devoted to individual, non-team sports. No doubt, most have natural talents that were recognized at an early age and then nurtured and encouraged by parents and coaches over the years. Show More Summary

A Bushtit Invasion

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Large flocks of bushtits invaded our Littleton, Colorado, farm this evening. Joining chickadees, downy woodpeckers and a pair of red-breasted nuthatches, they scoured the trees for insects, their high-pitched calls ringing across the farm.As I have indicated in past posts, the population of these tiny insectivores is highly variable on our property. Show More Summary

No Magpie Zone

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

When I joined eBird and started filing reports from South Platte Park (the section near C-470), I assumed that black-billed magpies would be among my most commonly sighted species. After all, these gregarious and noisy birds are abundant...Show More Summary

A Bone Dry Farm

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Returning to our Littleton, Colorado, farm after a month in the Midwest, I found that it was bone dry. Our unwatered "lawns" consisted of broken patches of dusty ground cover and the leaves of our perennial shrubs were wilted and limp. Show More Summary

Missouri: the Trailhead State

4 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On my many trips between Missouri and Colorado, I often think of the emigrants who crossed the Great Plains via wagon trains. Of course, they were preceded by explorers and trappers on horseback who scoured the West during the 17th and...Show More Summary

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