Stephanie Weber


For 20 years, a gateway to the wonders of nature

Durango Nature Studies celebrates its 20th year this year. For a nonprofit, this is quite a milestone, and like most nonprofits, we have had our ups and downs, we have regrouped and reformed, we...

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

20,000 calories a day: Get ready to hibernate

Cooler weather has always been a stimulus for eating warm food. Quite the opposite of summer’s heat causing a drop in calories, a chill in the air often makes me think about the comfort and...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Supermoon illuminates web of connections

On Sunday, Durango and the rest of the U.S. experienced a supermoon, a time when the moon’s elliptical orbit is closest to the Earth, making the moon appear larger than usual. For those of you who...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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

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