Unwelcome bullfrogs, kids’ tears and nature in balance

The many ecosystems at the Durango Nature Center have a delicate balance between predator and prey. Usually, as we tell our students, this balance plays out, as it should, over a long period of...

DATE: July 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

The ubiquitous cicada: The big little insect that loves to drum

When out in nature, most human visitors quietly move about hoping to see or hear an animal, bird or insect that is elusive unless one can successfully blend into their surroundings. However, the...

DATE: June 13, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Center offers big welcome for those who want to learn

Often things that seem small have a ripple effect that can change the direction of a life or an organization. The opening of Durango Nature Studies’ new Welcome Building is that pebble for our...

DATE: May 9, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Who brought the eggs and candy – hare or rabbit?

Now that the Easter Bunny has come and gone, we can all turn our thoughts to those important after-Easter questions like, “Who really is the Easter Bunny?” Is it a rabbit or a hare (different...

DATE: April 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

This winter insect may be tiny, but watch it jump

The early morning squeak of cold snow greets me as I begin a day of snowshoeing with kids. This early morning snow makes poor snowballs, but the beautiful facets sparkle like diamonds. As the day...

DATE: March 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Humans have effect on nature’s interconnections

One of the most popular activities at the Durango Nature Center is called the “Web of Life.” It is a good activity to sum up what we often talk about in all our programs – how everything in nature...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Connecting with land may make you a happier person

“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” These are the words of Aldo Leopold, a writer, hunter, farmer, wildlife ecologist and one of the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Santa’s reindeer are part of nature’s magic

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. 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Antlers: From rib-cage calcium to rodent food

Fall is coming to an end, and so is the rut for mule deer and elk. These grand, split-hoofed ungulates spend the whole summer growing majestic antlers for the sole purpose of fighting and...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

A little something for Halloween – This vampire goes for its victims’ big toe, not the neck

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 creature are found...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Animals enjoy good night vision; you should try, too

Can you feel the change in the air? The days are slowly waning, and fall is just around the corner. The earth feels and smells differently with the transition to winter. Sunset is now around 7:20...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Crawdads are fair game and fun to catch for summertime campers

Summer takes so long to get here in Durango and then is gone before we know it. For those of us who have grown up in other parts of the country where August is the hottest part of the year, it...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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