Upcoming Sky Show
Sunset is a special time of day. Low-hanging clouds glow vivid red and orange as the background sky turns cobalt blue. The first stars pop out in the heavenly dome overhead, eliciting wishes from backyard sky watchers. the sunset of May 26th will be extra special. On that date, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury will gather in the fading twilight to form a bright triangle only three degrees wide.
Triple conjunction: Planets Aligning in the Sunset Sky
Time Lapse in Infrared
Background: Bad Astronomy: Movements in (Infra)Red
A big tree
Cloaked in the snows of California's Sierra Nevada, the 3,200-year-old giant sequoia called the President rises 247 feet. Two other sequoias have wider trunks, but none has a larger crown, say the scientists who climbed it ... Oh, also: The tree is more than three millennia old, and contains about "54,000 cubic feet of wood and bark," according to National Geographic magazine.
the President: One Photo, 126 Frames, 2 Billion Leaves, 247 Feet
Frost Flowers Blooming in the Arctic Ocean
A frost flower is a name commonly given to a condition in which thin layers of ice are extruded from long-stemmed plants in autumn or early winter. The thin layers of ice are often formed into exquisite patterns that curl into "petals" that resemble flowers. ~ Wikipedia
"Raptor poles" will be installed above problem prairie dog colonies. These are perches for red-tailed, Swainson's and ferruginous hawks. The idea is to encourage natural predators to rein in animals that are damaging the landscape.
Eternal Flame Falls
Tucked deep within Chestnut Ridge Park, New York, is a small waterfall called the Eternal Flame Falls. The waterfall is so called because of a simple phenomenon – a natural gas leak just underneath the falls that just happens to be burning. The flame is not really "eternal" in the sense that it goes out occasionally. Often it is re-lit by the next hiker that finds it extinguished.
Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge
Darn pesky bugs!
A walk in Two Ponds
November Sun Set
40 years of hoots given!
Question: How long does it take for most of the atoms in your body to be replaced by others?
Old Man of the Lake
What makes Crater Lake unique, though, is its most celebrated occupant: not a fish, not a bird, but a floating tree trunk known familiarly for decades as the Old Man of the Lake. And what makes this ancient hemlock so very remarkable is that it has been bobbing, absolutely vertically, in the water for as long as Crater Lake has been documented.
I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
-- Robert Redford, Actor and Activist
Today is Arbor Day.
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree...
Seven decades after the last reported sighting of the Eastern cougar, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service declared it extinct Wednesday and recommended that it be removed from the nation’s endangered species list.
Eastern Cougar Is Declared Extinct (With an Asterisk) - Note: Florida Panther Not Extinct, Eastern Cougar Is; Here's the Difference
Survey results reveal that the bark beetle infestation affected about 400,000 new acres in 2010 across the three forests in Colorado and southern Wyoming, bringing the total number of acres of infestation up to 4 million since the first signs of outbreak in 1996. This acreage includes lodgepole, five-needle and ponderosa pine tree types.
The United Nations has declalred 2011 The International Year of Forests.
I think that I shall never see
a poem lovely as a tree.
Pucker up now! Mistletoe could vanish in the next 20 years.
I, for one, welcome our 1000-bloom overlord
Longwood Gardens ... has just unveiled the largest chrysanthemum ever grown in North America — a single plant with 991 blooms measuring more than 11 feet in diameter. Called the Thousand Bloom, this plant derives its name from the ambitious goal of cultivating a single chrysanthemum plant to produce as many perfectly placed blooms as possible.
The March of Time
It's true, trees do help the atmosphere by absorbing smog, but...they have to be the right kinds of trees.
Trees that help: Ash, Apple, Birch, Hawthorn, Hackberry, Maple, Pear, Peach.
Trees that hurt: Poplar, Eucalyptus, Oak
It's a yellow-green carpet
Sweet yellow clover covers all the rolling hills and meadows between Broomfield and Boulder these days. It's really pretty, and the bees love it, but I'm not sure whether those with allergies are so appreciative!
Last Chance to See
RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species by Joel Sartore
Yosemite Nature Notes: Frazil Ice
This is a good quote after the damage from yesterday's strong winds...
Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.
-John Muir, Naturalist and explorer (1838-1914)
May 18, 1980
30 years ago Mount St. Helens erupted. Here is The Big Picture's remembrance of the event.
Vortex Streets, Anvil Clouds, Glory, and more: Weird Clouds Look Even Better From Space.
"Pink and white/petaled bowers./ Best of all/the springtime flowers.
A cherry blossom bird's eye view.
Aerial shots of the Washington D.C. Tidal Basin during cherry blossom time.
The Chilean "bump"
Scientists say the huge earthquake in Chile may have slowed the earth's rotation by 1.26 microseconds (1 millionth of a second). Even more serious, it moved the earth's axis 3 inches.
An earthquake can make Earth rotate faster by nudging some of its mass closer to the planet's axis, just as ice skaters can speed up their spins by pulling in their arms. Conversely, a quake can slow the rotation and lengthen the day if it redistributes mass away from that axis
A great wildlife photograph celebrates the unexpected, and the 39th annual National Wildlife Photo Contest is full of improbable images: A bald eagle and its prey appear frozen in midair. A night-blooming flower glows from within, revealing a visiting insect. Calling for a mate, a Brazilian frog appears nearly swallowed by its own vocal sac. This year’s contest winners are drawn from nearly 70,000 entries—the largest pool in contest history—in seven categories: Mammals, Birds, Other Wildlife, Landscapes and Plant Life, Backyard Habitats, Connecting People and Nature and, for the first time, Global Warming.
The Grand Prize winner is from Colorado.
Unchopping a tree
From Maya Lin, a short video about deforestation. (via)
The trees "cut them loose".
The real scoop on why leaves fall.
Every fall across the Northern Hemisphere, diminishing daylight hours and falling temperatures induce trees to prepare for winter and they shed billions of tons of leaves. In the Rocky Mountain Region, a spectacular color show precedes the shedding of leaves. Formerly green leaves turn to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red as a result of transformations in leaf pigments.
Chemistry of Fall Colors: Leaf Changing Color Rocky Mountain Region
James D. Griffioen: Feral Houses. Architecture being reclaimed by nature.
Time has likely run out for 300 or so of Boulder's oldest residents.Nearly all Boulder's black walnut trees likely to die
According to city forestry officials and biology experts, nearly the entire population of black walnut trees in Boulder is now infected by fungus-carrying beetles and will need to be removed this summer.
A bird is nesting in a plant outside our front door and has laid five eggs. The mama bird bolts away whenever we come in or out of the house. I hope the eggs hatch - last year we had eggs in the same plant but the got knocked out and broke.
Whole lotta shakin' goin' on
A "swarm" of earthquakes have hit Yellowstone--more than 400 in the last eight days!
Shortest day of the year
December 21st Winter solstice.
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Like Car Talk for Bird Watchers
"Mike O'Connor, owner of Bird Watcher's General Store, writes the popular article, Ask the Bird Folks, for The Cape Codder newspaper. Every week Mike tries to answer some of life's most challenging questions. You know, bird questions."Mike takes a humorous approach to answering questions, such as Can birds eat rice from weddings, Why do birds stand on one leg, and What's so special about that Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher hanging around downtown. The full list of Mike's articles can be found here: Ask the Bird Folks.
What type of tree is hit by lightning more frequently than others?
The oak--because it generally grows taller than other trees, and has deeper roots and a higher moisture content, making it more conductive.
from "365 Amazing Trivia Facts"
What color is the black mamba, the dangerous African snake?
Anywhere from light gray to dark brown--but not black.
The black in its name describes the color inside its mouth, which is inky black.
from "365 Amazing Trivia Facts"
No more afterglow
Fireflies are declining as their natural habitat (wetlands) disappears.
It wasn't always a hot, dry desert
More than 100,000 rare gorillas found in Congo
Wildlife Conservation Society researchers have found approximately 125,000 endangered western lowland gorillas in a relatively small part of the Northern Republic of Congo. That's more than double the number of western lowland gorillas thought to exist in the world. (More info in cnn.com)
As thin as a spaghetti strand
You think you have trouble keeping your bird feeder full? Check this out!
An infestation of miller moths frequently plagues Colorado in early summer. This year we escaped due to a cool spring, which slowed the growth of the moths' caterpillar stage.
How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountaintop it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make -- leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents or piled stone -- we all dwell in a house of one room -- the world with the firmament for its roof -- and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track.
John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer
Giant squid autopsy. It is 30 feet long, weighs 900 pounds, and it's eye is as big as a dinner plate!
Check out the Mongoose!
The Denver Zoo has hidden dyed hard boiled eggs in the animal cages to give them a treat for the Easter/Spring season. The critters liked all the eggs, but especially the yellow ones, which were being fought over!
Looks like there's at least one baby eaglet in the nest at Fort St. Vrain this year.
Flight first, Sound second
A bat fossil found in Wyoming shows that bats learned to echolocate AFTER they learned to fly.
Save the Kiwi!
The Kiwi Recovery Program of New Zealand collects eggs and incubates them in a safe environment, then returns the young birds to the wild.
Will wonders never cease?!
Whales may have evolved from THIS?
Why expectant Moms don't tip over...
Snopes says this is true--
In Alaska they have The Hanging of the Moose. Fortunately this isn't a tradition every winter!
Change is the only constant.
"Nobody 10,000 years ago had blue eyes." John Hawks, anthropologist
One of the most interesting mysteries of Death Valley National Park is the sliding rocks at Racetrack Playa... These rocks can be found on the floor of the playa with long trails behind them. Somehow these rocks slide across the playa, cutting a furrow in the sediment as they move.The Sliding Rocks of Racetrack Playa
Greenpeace needs your help to Name a Whale. Apparently Mr. Splashy Pants is winning...
Vacuuming dinosaur ?
Road: 0 | River: 1
Last Chance to See... Gone!
The long-threatened Yangtze River dolphin in China is probably extinct, according to an international team of
This site brings together just a few of the hundreds and hundreds of new species discovered since the year 2000. Hopefully, it will i
This past week the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons site was officially given new status as a wildlife refuge. The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife will oversee this area that was once contaminated and considered off limits. Eventually it will be open t
Just can't make it to the great outdoors? Here's a great website for taking a quick (virtual) vacation: VirtualParks.
Colorado state bird going extinct?
The Lark Bunting, Colorado's state bird, has suffered a decline in the short grass prairie it calls home. In the past 24 years the sightings of the bird have decreased 53%. Th
Last chance to see...
I recently moved my birdfeeder to a location outside my kitchen window where I can monitor the activity more frequently. This time of year I have to fill the feeder twice a day and I go through a ten pound bag of black oil sunflower seeds in less tha
American Elm makes slow return
The most popular shade tree of all time is now available in a disease-resistant variety, tested and approved for planting by the USDA National Arboretum.Post Number 4351 05/11/2007 12:34:37 PM
Project Budburst says it's getting warmer!
The smell of lilacs blooming is one of my favorite sensory delights. Keeping track through the years, "citizen scientists" have discovered that spring now arrives 6.8 days earlier in the Midwest than it used to--and they figured this out by checking thPost Number 4332 04/30/2007 10:18:30 AM
Measure your impact on climate change
Want to know how much YOU personally impact climate change and global warming? Click here to calculate the amount of CO2 you generate. The US average is 27 tons annually. UnforPost Number 4320 04/22/2007 1:49:28 PM
Earth Day Every Day
Astronaut Wally Schirra says:"I left Earth three times. I found no place else to go. Please take care of Spaceship Earth."Post Number 4288 04/03/2007 7:44:19 AM
Woodsman spare that tree!
Cameo came home yesterday to find the trees in our backyard-neighbor's yard were being cut back - way back! She found out that our north-side neighbor has a deal with our other neighbor to trim their trees back every few years to "improve the views". NPost Number 4278 03/26/2007 7:11:36 AM
Taiwan will close off part of a major highway to make a safe passage for the massive seasonal migration of the purple milkweed butterflies.Nets will be set upPost Number 4276 03/25/2007 8:01:33 PMPost Number 4270 03/22/2007 8:43:52 AM
I think that I shall never see...Post Number 4266 03/19/2007 12:37:37 PM
Not global warming?Some of the largest glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland are moving in unusuPost Number 4265 03/19/2007 12:36:39 PM
Super VolcanoOne of the largest supervolcanoes in the world lies beneath Yellowstone National Park and scientists say activity there is increasing. <Post Number 4254 03/13/2007 7:56:53 AM
Pictures of real jackalopes: Rabbits infected with the Shope papillomavirus. I suppose every legend has some root in reality...Post Number 4238 03/04/2007 12:07:15 PM
Go Outside and PlayThe movement to reconnect children to the natural world has arisen quickly, spontaneously, and across the usual social, political, and economic diPost Number 4237 03/04/2007 11:59:14 AM
March MoonrisePost Number 4170 01/18/2007 12:56:27 PM
The ocean's health reflected in a bowl of chowder. The New York Times reports on how changes in the contents of New England's favorite soupPost Number 4106 12/15/2006 8:29:16 AM
A modern-day Dr. Doolittle
Talk about creative probem solving! The World's Tallest Man (7 ft. 9 in.), used his extremely long arms to reach deep into the stomachs of two ailing dolphins at a Chinese oceanarium and pull outPost Number 4104 12/13/2006 10:18:50 PM
Last Chance to See... gonePost Number 3892 08/19/2006 11:33:44 AM
What is the grass? It is the handkerchief of the Lord, a scented gift.
Walt WhitmanPost Number 3864 08/01/2006 7:43:51 AM
Wild Geese Flying South?The past several days I've heard Canada Geese honking as they fly overhead. I am hoping that this means an early Fall, since I am more than ready to have an end to this HOT summer!Post Number 3811 07/02/2006 9:12:48 AM
Our birdfeeder had not been seeing a lot of action, so Mom suggested using 100% black oil seeds instead of a mix. I filled up the feeder yesterday: last night we had a lot of birds in the yard and this morning two squirrels were hanging upside down froPost Number 3805 06/29/2006 11:43:09 AMPost Number 3778 06/15/2006 7:25:09 AM
Must not be any oil there...A new National Monument will be designated by President Bush today. It is 84 million acres of ocean northwest of the Hawaiian islands, and will be given a Hawaiian namePost Number 3704 05/07/2006 7:45:18 AM
It's sneezin' season!I have noticed the cottonwood fluff beginning to drift through the air this weekend. Always a problem for allergy sufferers. Achooo!Post Number 3698 05/04/2006 7:57:41 AM
Look at the size of that nest!Yesterday the Colorado Division of Wildlife went to the eagle nest that I have been watching at the Fort St. Vrain energy plant. They scaled the huge cottonwood tree where the eagles have their nest, removed the three eaglets, and lowered them to the grouPost Number 3679 04/22/2006 7:44:20 AM
Earth Day Every DayHurt no living thing;
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,
Nor cricket chirping cheerily,
Nor grasshopper so light of leap,
Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat,
Nor harmless worms that creep.
Christina RossettiPost Number 3678 04/21/2006 8:01:57 PM
Eat Meat... data collected by the U.S. government show that the nutritional content of America's vegetables and fruitsPost Number 3658 04/11/2006 7:28:22 AM
There ARE three!This clearer picture lets us see that all three of the eggs in the Fort St. Vrain eagle nest DID hatch. Looks like it's breakfast time for the eaglets, and it keeps both Mom AND Dad busy gettiPost Number 3648 04/06/2006 7:24:05 AM
Feeding timeIt looks like there may be only one eaglet in the Fort St. Vrain nest. It's hard to tell with some of the images. There were three eggs originally.Post Number 3632 03/29/2006 7:30:04 AM
The eggs have hatched!Fort St. Vrain eagle nest has eaglets!Post Number 3620 03/22/2006 7:45:31 AMBe like the bird, who halting in his flight
On limb too slight,
Feels it give way beneath him, yet sings
Knowing he has wings.
Victor Hugo, writer
(1802-1885)Post Number 3616 03/19/2006 8:02:01 PMI have seen a flicker like this twice in the past couple of weeks. It hangs around my back patio and bird feeder, but I know it eats bugs, not seed, so it's probably just passing by my place. I dPost Number 3610 03/16/2006 7:19:31 AMAny fool can destroy trees. They cannot defend themselves or run away. And few destroyers of trees ever plant any; nor can planting avail much toward restoring our grand aboriginal giants. It took more than three thousand years to make some of the oldePost Number 3603 03/12/2006 3:31:48 PM
THREE eggs!Finally got a clear shot of the Fort St. Vrain eagles' nest without a bird in the way. It will be wonderful if all three of these eaglets hatch this year.Post Number 3594 03/06/2006 9:08:58 AM
Smithsonian looks at Coyotes and their move into urban areas. We've got a couple foxes in our neighborhood and Dad has seen coyotes in his back yard in California.
Post Number 3587 03/02/2006 1:10:33 PM
I'm looking at you, mankind
Consensus grows on climate change: The global scientific body on climate change will report soon that only greenhouse gas emissions can explain freak weather patterns. And where doesPost Number 3586 03/02/2006 8:05:21 AM
An egg!!For the past month I've been keeping a closer eye on the Fort St. Vrain Eagle Cam, trying to see if there was egg-hatching going on. There was always a bird on the nest, which made me suspicious, but I could never see under it. This morning I foundPost Number 3569 02/22/2006 4:25:53 PM
billion with a BPost Number 3561 02/16/2006 7:23:58 AM
Snow FoxLast night about 9:00 I took Ravioli out for her final walk. It was just starting to snow, with a light dusting on the sidewalks, and the air was full of blowing flakes. Suddenly Ravi stopped and looked alertly ahead (the way she does when there's anotherPost Number 3542 02/07/2006 7:24:03 AM
Explorers in a remote area of western New Guinea have found a preserve of exotic species, many new to science. Hope they can keep people from exploiting this wonderful discovery.Post Number 3541 02/07/2006 7:15:58 AM
NewPost Number 3486 01/11/2006 11:11:57 AM
Oklahoma and Texas are not the only states battling early-season wildfires. Last night prairie fires near Arvada drove people from their homes.Post Number 3477 01/07/2006 6:09:00 PM
I checked the Fort St. Vrain Eagle Cam for the first time in the new year, and the eagles seem to have returned to their BIG nest. Last year they successfully raised two baby eagPost Number 3476 01/07/2006 1:55:52 PM
Urban Wildlife pt. 2
Like Mom, we have some urban Wildlife in our neighborhood, too, and today I watched a large fox make its way across the street.
We have seen the fox before, sniffing around houses, slipping behind bushes, running around corners. Today it causaPost Number 3474 01/06/2006 8:03:26 AM
Urban WildlifeYesterday I was startled to see a large coyote running right down the middle of a walkway that runs behind my house. Later in the day I saw a beautiful fox crossing a busy street near the Library. Both animals looked very healthy, with fluffy coats and aPost Number 3433 12/18/2005 8:42:52 AMHow is climate change affecting our environments? Polar Bears Drown as Ice Shelf Melts.Post Number 3430 12/16/2005 9:42:37 AMThe full moon looked spectatular last night. As I drove home it was just rising over the downtown skyline (a lot like this only facing east). This morning it was bright in the wesPost Number 3373 11/15/2005 8:47:26 AMPost Number 3341 10/29/2005 8:27:28 AMAutumn
Oh be less beautiful,
or be less brief.
Sir William WatsonPost Number 3325 10/21/2005 10:11:10 AMAfter a 100-day wait, the National Zoo's giant panda cub gets a new name.Post Number 3323 10/20/2005 7:29:47 AMWe don't have any leaves to rake this year but we are enjoying seeing the rest of the trees in the neighborhood change color. Maybe next year we'll have a tree and some leaves to crunch and rake.
Do you like the red colors maple trees turn in thePost Number 3320 10/18/2005 9:57:30 AMPost Number 3319 10/18/2005 9:53:15 AMAnother new dinosaur found in Wyoming.Post Number 3302 10/09/2005 11:22:54 AMwith my finger I
trace the delicate pattern
lace wing butterfly
--Sharmagne Leland-St. John, tinywords haiku
We've had a large number of Painted Lady Butterflies passing through Colorado this year. Tonight's predicted snowfall will probaPost Number 3295 10/04/2005 6:20:41 AMU.S. FOREST SERVICE CENTENNIAL YEAR
Smokey Bear has been the symbol of the Forest Service firefighting campaign since 1944. Here are some trivia facts about Smokey:
- The "real" Smokey was found inPost Number 3293 10/03/2005 8:08:27 AMMore Signs of Fall:
I feed the birds, and in the summer I can't keep the feeder full for a whole day. I put the seed in early in the morning and it is gone by 2:00 in the afternoon. I am now observing that when I go out to fill the feeder (a) it's stiPost Number 3259 09/18/2005 10:13:53 AMThe Flying Mobulas of the Sea of Cortez. Amazing pictures and article on mobulas - similar to mantas - breeching and "flying" over the ocean's surface.Post Number 3239 09/02/2005 11:03:04 AMPost Number 3233 08/29/2005 7:25:24 AMHow humans track odors
Study shows humans have ability to track odors, much like bloodhounds ... Though humans may never match the tracking ability of dogs, we apparPost Number 3224 08/26/2005 10:21:08 AMPost Number 3223 08/26/2005 8:18:58 AMI went to see March of the Penguins yesterday. Amazing photography (National Geographic) and the incredible story of a year in the life of Emperor Penguins.Post Number 3222 08/25/2005 8:08:43 AMThink of the storm roaming the sky uneasily like a dog looking for a place to sleep in; listen to it growling.
We have had afternoon thunderstorms for the past week or so, with "dog growling" a major part of it.Post Number 3221 08/25/2005 7:11:31 AMOur new house doesn't have trees in the yard (yet), and while the neighbors all around have trees we don't have a habitat for birds to nest that we can call our own. This morning at work I was looking out the window by my desk at a plum tree in front of tPost Number 3208 08/18/2005 8:19:11 AMScientists propose to reintroduce MegaFauna to North American continent. 13,000 years ago large mammals roamed North America, but were wiped out and the smaller mammals took over. Now sciPost Number 3202 08/15/2005 7:58:02 AMToday's sign of Fall: School Busses! Denver Public Schools are back in session today; I saw at least 10 busses as I drove in to work.Post Number 3199 08/13/2005 8:13:45 AMTwo more signs of Fall--I saw a bright red Maple leaf on the ground as I was walking Ravi this morning, and looked up to see the tree it came from beginning to turn red as well. AND, there was candy corn for sale in the grocery store this week. Usually thPost Number 3198 08/12/2005 12:32:19 PMGiant Waterfall discovered in California. Who says there are no undiscovered and unexplored areas in the country today?Post Number 3195 08/11/2005 8:07:23 AMSitting out on my front porch at dusk yesterday, I heard a squeaking sound and suddenly something burst out of the bushes in my neighbor's yard and flew away. It was a hawk, carrying what I assume was a rabbit, heading home for supper. The area where I liPost Number 3192 08/09/2005 7:56:03 AMAnother sign that Autumn isn't too far away: a cricket is in the building, chirping away.
(Of course, it's supposed to get up to the low 90's again today, so Summer isn't over yet!)Post Number 3188 08/07/2005 7:51:43 AMGrass is the forgiveness of nature--her constant benediction....Forests decay, harvests perish, flowers vanish, but grass is immortal. Especially crabgrass.
John James IngallsPost Number 3178 08/03/2005 8:07:20 AMFirst signs of Fall--I saw my first V of geese yesterday.Post Number 3174 07/31/2005 5:29:04 AMPost Number 3123 07/07/2005 3:22:46 AMToday is World Ocean Day.Post Number 3120 07/06/2005 7:50:26 AMOne day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers' plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul.
John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writerPost Number 3108 06/27/2005 1:33:53 AMThings I've learned before it was too late: One does not get rid of poison ivy growth by burning the plants.Post Number 3095 06/18/2005 8:43:53 AMFew are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forestPost Number 3092 06/15/2005 2:55:54 AMTo make one pound of honey one bee would need to travel 50,000 miles, more than twice the distance around the globe. A single teaspoon of honey in 6 weeks is a bee's entire life quota.
Margaret T. ApplegarthPost Number 3057 05/26/2005 1:01:03 AMThe Straight Dope on how birds find birdfeeders. I need to re-hang our feeder. We don't have any big trees on our property, but I asked the backyard neighbor if I could put the feeder on aPost Number 2994 04/22/2005 8:40:55 AMEarth Day EVERY Day!
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Google has a nice Earth Day logo on the first page of their site (which they change from time to time for special occasions).Post Number 2975 04/12/2005 5:57:35 AMTrees purify the air; they also purify the mind....If you want to save your world, you must save the trees.
from "The Trees of Endor"Post Number 2967 04/09/2005 10:36:12 AMThere are two baby eagles in the nest at the Ft. Saint Vrain energy plant! Hope they do as well as the two last year did. Wonder how they are going to manage in tomorrow's forecast snow?Post Number 2948 03/30/2005 8:55:53 AMPost Number 2918 03/17/2005 9:48:22 AMTiger attack - Caught on Tape!Post Number 2913 03/15/2005 7:10:37 AMWe got a pretty good snowfall on Sunday and I wondered how the eagles up at Fort St. Vrain power plant were managing, now that they have eggs in the nest. Here's the answer--Posted by Kerry to Nature Post Number 2909 03/13/2005 8:42:39 AMWow. Check out the photos from the International Snow Sculpture Championships held earlier in Breckenridge.Post Number 2887 01/08/2005 6:03:31 AMThe trees have come down to the bank to see the river go by.
Henry David ThoreauPost Number 2884 01/07/2005 6:53:09 AMI was looking through the Xcel EagleCam Daily Pics and saw yesterday in the 3:00-5:00 sets two eagles were in the nest. They are big birds with bright, white heads. It was pretty cooPost Number 2865 12/29/2004 8:23:48 AMPost Number 2864 12/29/2004 8:21:00 AMYou've heard of search and rescue dogs, guide dogs, even sniffer dogs. Well, here is a litter-collecting dog.Post Number 2845 12/21/2004 8:31:15 AMAntipodes: The Other Side of the World. If you dug a hole straight down, where would end up? If you're in the US, not China - instead you'd end up in in the Indian Ocean.Post Number 2840 12/20/2004 8:20:17 AMBarr Lake, long a home to nesting Bald Eagles, is now threatened by a massive new development called Prairie Center. Despite assurances from the developers, birdwatchers are worrPost Number 2832 12/17/2004 8:37:02 AMIceberg threatens Penguins' existance. How weird is this???Post Number 2814 12/08/2004 1:09:06 AMPost Number 2788 11/23/2004 8:10:13 AMPost Number 2783 11/20/2004 10:36:53 AMArtifical Hermit Crab Shells: Attempting to Meet the New Needs of Natural Life-Forms
Right now, 30 percent of all hermit crabs on our shorelines are living in shells that aPost Number 2771 11/16/2004 7:35:12 AMA "dam" good investment. Beavers weave dollar bills into their home.Post Number 2747 11/04/2004 11:26:44 AMPost Number 2718 10/22/2004 9:07:36 AMBad news for bird watchers
The Denver Post reports that "almost one in three bird species in North America are in serious decline because of habitat loss and damage, invasive species, pollution, and poor land management." Bird song is especially quiet tPost Number 2702 10/15/2004 7:03:09 AMThe Earth's climate is in flux. We live in a narrow band of temperature, moisture, and natural resources. A change of just a few degrees can send the entire system spiraling out of control, as past ice ages can attest. The Guardian reports on Posted by Jason to Nature Post Number 2699 10/13/2004 7:58:21 AMJAWS!
Efforts are now underway to declare the Great White Shark an endangered species.Post Number 2675 10/01/2004 1:46:53 AMPost Number 2582 08/14/2004 11:30:54 AMI just attended a raptor program put on by HawkQuest and learned a lot of interesting facts. They showed a Harris Hawk, a Barred Owl, a Peregrin Falcon, and a Bald Eagle. The program was the final activity for thePost Number 2435 06/02/2004 8:24:53 AMEarth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
Sounds like the wonderful, black soil in Iowa!Post Number 2421 05/27/2004 8:02:01 AMIn the open fields near my home Killdeer have been nesting. They have incredibly thin legs, and feign a broken wing or leg to lead intruders away from their nests on the ground. Yesterday as I was walking I saw a mother and father Killdeer running ahead