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 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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 | COLUMN: 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 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

For turtles – and you, slow, steady wins race

The new year is upon us, and the whirlwind that was the holidays is often hard to let go of. The hustle and bustle push us in so many ways that it’s hard on the body and mind to abruptly halt. ...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Reindeer symbolize magic of the holidays, nature

With the holidays fast approaching, little ones are on the lookout for all things magical, be it festive lights, glimpses of Santa or lighted trees. Forget the actual presents; the holidays are...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Winter survival depends on animals’ ability to adapt

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued an official El Niño warning for this winter based on temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. An El Niño doesn’t always mean colder...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

New boxes will give you a bird’s-eye view of nests

The Durango Nature Center is a hybrid between a place that is kept in its natural state and managed to maximize observation of native species. This means that although we try to allow flora and...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Bluegrass and birdsong: Joyful sounds of summer

Durango Nature Studies will hold its seventh annual bluegrass festival Friday at Rotary Park. Over the years, the festival has grown in size and stature. This year, the bands will be Maple Range,...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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