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Leaf-cutter ants set the standard for hard work

Milestones are often daunting and deserve recognition. But, at the same time, they are also just days in the year, and life keeps on going. I celebrated my 50th birthday over the holidays, and...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

Animals offer us a model for how to live together

Almost every child, when asked if they could wish for any three things around the holidays, usually includes a perfunctory “I wish for peace on Earth.” Yes, maybe this is thrown in as the final...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

Wild turkeys can be surprisingly cunning birds

November is a time of thanksgiving, and for some reason the turkey is the symbol of our thankfulness. I say “for some reason” because historians are not absolutely sure where this tradition...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

Vampire bats not out to suck your blood

With Halloween just around the corner, I am going to indulge myself and write about the vampire bat. Although not found in Colorado, the myths and lore connected to this little creature are found...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

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Our naturalists find meaning and joy in teaching

Tonight begins Durango Nature Studies’ Fall Naturalist and Educator training. The training is an adult education program that teaches participants about the natural history of the Durango Nature...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

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Horned worm transforms into striking hummingbird moth

When people use the expression about seeing things through the eyes of a child, it is because children can often observe the world without any baggage. I was reminded of this when my daughter,...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

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Nature helps kids thrive in so many ways

Almost every parent I talk to struggles with the same issue in the summer – how to keep their kids off electronics. Things have changed since the days of kicking your kids outside until the end of...

DATE: July 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

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A whiff of the natural world can lift your spirits

I have to admit that the best smell on Earth to me is the smell of lilacs. And, this has been a banner year. The smell isn’t just from putting your nose directly into one, although that provides an...

DATE: June 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

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Durango Nature Center is an oasis for wildlife, human visitors

The Nature Center opened to the public Saturday. Granted, it was cold and sleeting, a typical spring day in Durango. Despite the weather, loyal docents Marcey Olajos and Sheila Payne showed up to...

DATE: May 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

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Speedy pronghorn ranks as the continent’s fleetest

On April 24, Durango Nature Studies will hold its seventh annual Earth Day Festival at Rotary Park. As part of the festivities, we will hold our annual 5K and Family Fun Run. In honor of our event,...

DATE: April 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

Students building knowledge as field scientists

Environmental education is an idea that should be fostered throughout an entire life. It’s easy to think that the concept is meant mostly for primary school students being taught to learn and...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

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Polar bear or bee: Social behavior can vary widely

Every February, Durango Nature Studies holds its annual Winter Social at Carver Brewing Co. This social allows people who participate in the different realms of DNS to actually meet each other....

DATE: Feb. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango Nature Studies

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