Stephanie Weber


Rising temperatures put heat on pikas’ future

When inner tubing on the Animas starts in early June instead of mid-July, it is just one of many signs that summer is hotter than usual. Folks in Durango, who usually do fine without air...

DATE: July 10, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

That mosquito with a wobble – it’s a crane fly

Mosquitoes are a natural part of summer. Luckily, in Colorado, we have fewer mosquitoes than many areas of the country. One of the luxuries of living in Durango is the ability to sit outside in the...

DATE: June 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

As name implies, it really is a center for nature

Saturday was the first day Durango Nature Center was open for the season. The docent on duty emailed me after her shift to say that it had been a good day and said hummingbirds and bees were...

DATE: May 15, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Sign up for the Earth Day 5K

On April 20, Durango Nature Studies will hold its fourth annual Earth Day 5K and Family Fun Run Celebration at For the Birds. It will begin at 11 a.m. In honor of our event, and as a way to...

DATE: April 10, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Arrival of prairie dogs and kids sign of the season

Even though we are weathering a few heavy March snows in Durango, spring is definitely in the air. One day it suddenly hits us that the chill is gone. Of course, that means we have mud season to...

DATE: March 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Oh, you fox: February is the month for love

February is the month where love is in the air. However, I’m not talking about the kind that involves a dinner out, roses and chocolates (one of the annual mating rituals of homo sapiens), but one...

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

Snowy owl needs more than just magic to survive

There is something about the snowy owl that brings chills to the skin and a feeling that magic is possible. Perhaps that is why J.K. Rowling used the snowy owl as Harry Potter’s pet. Hedwig is the...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

How donors help the community – in their words

The holidays are a time for giving and receiving. As any nonprofit in Durango will tell you, we are lucky to live in a town that has such generous, community-minded businesses that make sure we not...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Like Americans, wild turkey often courageous

After ruminating a bit about what to write in this month’s column, I kept returning to the wild turkey. Yes, it seems a bit of a cliché, being the month of Thanksgiving and all. But the fact that...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Halloween, tarantulas go hand in hand

As October is in full swing, many ghouls, witches and goblins start preparing for Halloween. Some might be pulling out old family recipes for an annual witches brew, sure to include some of the...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Some animals use winter to catch up on ZZZs

Look down almost any alley this month and trash cans are turned over. Almost every house near forested areas have piles of bear scat littering the lawns in the morning. And, if you have windows...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Nature Center’s piece of land belongs to kids

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it,” said American journalist, Russell Baker. This statement rings true for me as I remember my own childhood and watch my children and...

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

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