Though stinky, skunks ally in battle against bugs

Twilight seems to linger on summer nights, as the stars begin to glint in the sky but the day continues. This is the time for many creatures to become active and begin finding food. One of our...

DATE: July 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

The migration: After change, order restored

Migration is the movement by humans or animals from one area to another. Our ancestors migrated because of the seasons, food sources, competing groups of people and the search for a better place to...

DATE: June 15, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

DNS offers the chance to check out the Weminuche

Durango is a wonderful place to live. We have so many opportunities to enjoy this beautiful land – from the semi-desert shrubland to the alpine tundra, the diversity is amazing. I came to Durango...

DATE: May 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Earth Day is a global holiday that raises awareness

Earth Day has focused on many things since its inception in 1970. When it began, there was very little concern at a political level about the perils of human impact on the planet. Rachel Carson’s...

DATE: April 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Owl’s adaptations make it the master of the night

Heading out in the morning for firewood, I was grumbling about the extremely cold temperatures. My grumbling quickly ended, however, as I was greeted by a melodious, “Hoo!, hu-hu-hu, Hoo! Hoo!” How...

DATE: March 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

DNS earns statewide award for junior camp

I just returned from Denver, where I accepted a statewide award for Excellence in Environmental Education for Durango Nature Studies’ Junior Naturalist Field Camp.This award was presented to nine...

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

Abert’s squirrel an animal that stays active in winter

The solstice has passed and the days get just a bit longer, yet we have a long way to go before winter is over. Thank goodness because I love winter and the snow. The snow provides a blanket of...

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

Ghost bird gone, but others may be salvageable

Last week, Durango Nature Studies presented a fascinating independent film called “Ghost Bird.” The film explores the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird thought to be extinct in North...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2010 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

The Canada goose: A reliable local autumn tourist

Fall is a unique time for a town that depends on tourists for much of its economy. The summer visitors have left and the winter skiers have yet to arrive. However, one population chooses Durango...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Flying the coop: It’s time to find the inner raven

I am working hard to channel my inner raven. I am moving away at the end of this month and grow nervous as the day approaches. The decision was the right one. The problem is that I am not good with...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Volunteer program a symbiotic relationship

The number of people who are connected with Durango Nature Studies is vast and the programs we offer are many. Some wonder how we are able to offer the many opportunities to our schoolchildren and...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Don’t let earwigs keep you awake during the night

During the last few weeks, falling asleep has become increasingly difficult. No, I do not have caffeine or sugary sweets before bedtime. The reason for my sleeplessness is of a much more sinister...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2010 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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