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Archive for May, 2015

Nature’s Neighborhoods

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 @ 3:58 pm in Critters, Environment, Plants, Trees | Comments Off on Nature’s Neighborhoods

Where do you look for wildlife? It depends on what you want to see. No one expects to find an alligator in a desert arroyo or a manatee in a mountain lake. But it’s surprising how many don’t notice that even small changes in surroundings can mean major changes in the creatures that live there. […]

Night Owls

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 @ 8:54 am in Birds | Comments Off on Night Owls

Hoo, hoo-hoo, hoo, hoo. This time of year we’re audibly reminded that some birds work the night shift, for during the breeding season owls are a noisy lot. Great horned owls started their hooting clear back in January and February, and other species, like the barn owl in the picture, are migrating in now back […]

Birds of a Feather, Flock…

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 @ 7:17 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Birds of a Feather, Flock…

A flock of birds is more than a gathering – it’s a group that remains together over an extended period of time because of common benefits. This definition of a flock excludes the casual association that birds develop when they stop at your feeder, but it includes the groups of chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches that […]

Tortoise Tales

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015 @ 9:14 am in Reptiles | Comments Off on Tortoise Tales

A desert tortoise lumbers in slow motion through the cactus forest, pausing occasionally to chew a sprig of grass. With its body shielded by armored plate, this critter seems more in keeping with dinosaurs and pterosaurs than with coyotes and kit foxes; a remnant of the prehistoric past. In fact, however, tortoises haven’t been around […]

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