The beauty, cruelty of trout migration

My family just returned from a quintessential summer road trip to Yellowstone National Park. While there, I saw something that will stay with me forever. We hiked to a small mountain lake...

DATE: July 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

The hardworking, playful dads of the animal kingdom

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, it’s a good time to look at the role of the male in several species that live in this region. Evolutionary ecologists explain that life’s overriding goal...

DATE: June 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Playful river otters are hard to glimpse in the wild

Walking out of the house in a T-shirt before 9 a.m. is the surest sign warm weather is here to stay. At Durango Nature Studies, the onset of the season means the opening of the Nature Center to...

DATE: May 14, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Our bees’ health is closely tied to Earth’s health

April is the month when spring really begins to unfold. Flowers burst from the trees, and a slow greening sweeps over the ground. It is fitting that April is the month we celebrate Earth Day....

DATE: April 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Slow down, look, listen: Give yourself gift of nature

Some people use January as their time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh to achieve goals and make changes. I prefer March. For one, ever the procrastinator, I find it’s a handy excuse for...

DATE: March 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Under full moon, you can seek the great horned owl

Friday is Valentine’s Day, and the chocolate, flower and restaurant businesses will be booming. But, for those who would prefer a romantic night under the full moon, join Durango Nature Studies...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Even busy beavers take a break in chilly Jan.

The temperature has been dropping this month and will continue to drop. Despite best intentions, a period of bone-chilling weather often keeps people inside rather than encourages outdoor...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Bird and tree share orbit in cycle of life

With the holidays approaching, I find myself looking for more creative places to hide presents each year. When trying to break the news about Santa Claus to my oldest son a few years ago, he...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Heatseeking boxelder bugs invade homes

One of my favorite memories with my son is when he was 2 and just getting good at walking. His favorite thing to do was to walk around our block, a task that would take me five minutes on my own,...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Aspens shed their green to reveal gold blazing beneath

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” – Khalil Gibran My father died last week after a short illness, and the loss is still in the forefront of my mind. Death for...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Plan aims to boost environmental literacy

“Environmental literacy” is a phrase that is picking up steam in Colorado and around the country. In Colorado, legislation was passed into law in 2010 that required the Colorado Department of...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Bluegrass and songbirds – the music of summer

Durango Nature Studies will hold its fifth annual bluegrass festival tonight at Rotary Park. Since its beginning in the back of the Smiley Building five years ago, the festival has grown in size...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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