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A Peaceful Morning at Eagle Bluffs

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A gray overcast stretched above the Missouri River floodplain yesterday morning and seemed to induce a peaceful calm at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. The still waters of the lakes and pools were broken only by the heads of aquaticShow More Summary

Growing Hardy Kiwi Fruit: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

I don't remember exactly how long ago it was that I went to our local Giant Eagle grocery store and bought a little plastic clamshell full of grape-sized kiwi fruit. I think it was easily eight years ago. The kids were little. Liam maybe 7, Phoebe 10. Show More Summary

The Republican Circus

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

As the number of Republican Presidential Candidates approaches the census of many American towns, it seems appropriate to look at their agendas. In general, these Conservative politicians appear to fall into three main groups.The first,...Show More Summary

On Starlings, Compassion, and the Why of Wildlife Rehab

It's May 25 as I write, and this ought to be fledging day for the three baby starlings Cynthia and I saved from almost certain death on the black mulch of an Applebee's. Far as I know, they're plying the skies over Marietta now, voicing harsh churring calls, having soundly beaten the odds, with a lot of help from their friends. Show More Summary

The Best Biologist on Twitter

Social media has been billed as a way to start conversations with anyone, but most people only speak with people just like themselves. It’s great for connecting those who like or think the same things, but not so good for exposing people to new perspectives. Show More Summary

Chimps Hate Drones, Too

Not long ago, drones were having a moment—a good one. Now it’s hard to see them as anything other than what they are: At best the harmless-but-annoying whirring toys of amateur cinematographers, and at worst, well, ruthlessly efficient...Show More Summary

A Trilling Reception

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

We returned to Columbia last evening, arriving just after the latest spring storm. Stepping from my pickup, I realized that a full blown orgy enveloped our neighborhood.Male American toads had staked out every pond, pool and transient wetland in the suburb, ready to mate with anything that moved in their small piece of heaven. Show More Summary

South Africa Overdrive!

Under the heading of: It's All Good, there has been a lot of interest in my South Africa trip September 25-October 07, 2016 with optional pre-extension Sept 17-26 to the fabulously diverse Cape Region. Red-billed oxpecker on impala So...Show More Summary

Saving Starlings: Part 2

We're standing in a parking lot at the Applebee's in Marietta, Ohio, dithering, on a hot Saturday in May. Two more baby starlings lay sprawled on the black mulch, under a shrub. Oh man. Cynthia's baby, which she'd stayed up all night to check on, was still at her house, about 10 minutes away. Show More Summary

Save our species

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Simple tips to help garden wildlife - some of our most cherished species are under threat in the UK. Follow these simple tips to help sparrows, hedgehogs and others.

Texas: Land of Drought & Flood

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Texas, second only to Alaska in size, lies in the south-central U.S. To its west are the dry landscapes of Mexico and the Desert Southwest while, to its east, is the Gulf of Mexico. Stagnant weather patterns, common across the Continental...Show More Summary

A Prodigal Sun

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

After weeks of cloudy, cool, wet weather, an intense morning sun lit the Front Range today. Lasting through mid afternoon, the brilliant sunshine bathed the soggy landscape, lavishing its heat and light on a grateful assortment of plants...Show More Summary

Remembrance & Apologies

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On this Memorial Day, Americans attend parades, visit cemeteries and enjoy picnics while honoring the men and women who served, or currently serve, in the U.S. Military. Many of those soldiers now lie in graves while many more carryShow More Summary

Saving Starlings

A lot of people hate starlings. They're messy, sometimes obnoxious, and more than that they're nonnative, the ultimate condemnation if you're a birdwatcher or a natural history purist. Why would anyone help a starling? It's complicated. Show More Summary

Blue Canaries

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

On an early May morning, I step outside and hear a warble of clear, bright, musical notes. The indigo buntings have returned. Also known as “blue canaries” because of their color and song, I’ve never been able to describe indigo bunting song to others except to say that I know it when I hear it.

Avian Sunshine

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

After almost a month of cloudy, cool, rainy weather along the Colorado Front Range, packets of avian sunshine arrived on our Littleton farm this afternoon. Over a week late, these brightly colored birds generally stop by in mid May,Show More Summary

Elk Country Outing

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

As soon as we saw a sign telling us we were in Elk Country, five pairs of eyes scanned the landscape for a glimpse of the elusive elk.

A Lesson In Memorial Day Weekend Enjoyment from Luna and Mari

Sea otters live life as if on a never-ending vacation. The majority of their days are spent floating along in their trademark (and thoroughly relaxed-looking) reclined position, and the aquatic mammals eat, sleep, and mate in the water. Show More Summary

My New Pet Box Turtle

A friend emailed to tell me her son had found a box turtle crossing Pike Street, midmorning, in the middle of Marietta's busiest street.This is what happens when we kidnap box turtles off the roads and out of the woods they know andShow More Summary

Geologic History of Cuba

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

As the Atlantic Ocean began to open, some 160 million years ago (MYA), the North and South American Plates were forced westward, a tectonic process that continues today. In concert, the Caribbean Plate was shoved between them.The geology of Cuba, which lies along the southern edge of the North American Plate, is complex. Show More Summary

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