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Archive for April, 2016

John Muir Was Here

Posted: Thursday, April 21st, 2016 @ 3:55 pm in Others | 2 Comments »

Writer and naturalist John Muir is one of our favorites. He’s been called a “Wilderness Prophet,” as well as “Father of our National Parks.” Although most closely associated with Yosemite National Park, we’ve found traces of his travels from Florida to Alaska. Here’s a Baker’s Dozen of his favorite locations as he described them in […]

Avian Behavior

Posted: Saturday, April 9th, 2016 @ 6:33 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Avian Behavior

What is bird-watching? If we limit our definition to the identification of new birds in order to lengthen one’s “life list,” birders who cannot afford to travel ’round the world chasing different species would soon check themselves right out of the sport. After you reach the point where nothing but rarities interests you, what’s left? […]

Those 0l’ Devil Winds

Posted: Friday, April 1st, 2016 @ 5:42 pm in Weather | 1 Comment »

Prodigious pillars of sand … stalking with majestic slowness … their tops reaching to the very clouds.” So wrote Swiss adventurer John Burchardt when describing the swirling phenomena that he saw while exploring the deserts of northern Africa. The Native Americans of the Southwest called this sort of manifestation a “devil wind” when it occurred […]

 
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