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Watching Doodlebugs

Posted: Saturday, May 7th, 2016 @ 8:16 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Watching Doodlebugs

It’s often much easier to find the tracks or marks a critter leaves than to discover the track maker. But sometimes you’re just not looking closely enough. Take the case of the doodlebug. We had seen doodlebug holes and trails long before we knew who made them. They usually occur in sandy locations, and the […]

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? […]

Cranes Congregating Along The Platte

Posted: Sunday, March 13th, 2016 @ 1:43 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Cranes Congregating Along The Platte

The earliest birds arrive while winter reigns along the Platte River in central Nebraska. Leaving their wintering grounds in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico, most of the world’s population of lesser sandhill cranes follow an hourglass-shaped migration route that reaches its narrowest point where it crosses the Platte. Here the birds pause for almost […]

Rattles From The Sky

Posted: Saturday, February 27th, 2016 @ 7:56 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Rattles From The Sky

Voices clatter overhead like rattling bones in an old calypso song. We’re lucky enough to share the neighborhood with ravens, and they attract our attention every time they pass by. This pair seems determined to prove the suitability of their name, Corvus corax (from the German word for croaker.) The most common call we hear […]

A Long Winter’s Nap

Posted: Thursday, January 14th, 2016 @ 7:12 pm in Reptiles | Comments Off on A Long Winter’s Nap

Cold weather and shorter days often mean spending more time indoors, choosing warmer clothing and, for those of us fortunate enough to travel year-round, migrating to warmer climes.  The animals we watch face similar problems, and in some cases escape the cold in similar ways.  Some migrate each year, while many grow a warmer coat.  […]

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