Adaptable coyote deserves proper respect

Early one morning while driving up to Haviland Lake, I was startled by a furry figure that darted across the road infront of my car and quickly ascended a hill on the other side of the road.I...

DATE: March 11, 2010 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Enjoying winter bird-feeder watching

With several feet of snow piled around my house, I am trying to keep my bird feeders filled daily with sunflower seedsand suet. The word gets around fast and soon I have the usual visitors. The...

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

New year, perhaps a new volunteer?

The holidays are over, and if you are like most, you now find yourself staring down a list of well-intentioned NewYear's resolutions.Perhaps one of your resolutions is to give back to the...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2010 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Parasitic mistletoe has become a Christmas myth and legend

The holidays are truly my favorite time of year. It is a time to celebrate family traditions, to look at the worldthrough the eyes of a child and to see magic in everything around you.During the...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Lynx an animal worth protecting, not killing

I was saddened to hear news of an illegal killing of a Canada lynx outside Silverton last month.The person(s) responsible for this act needs to take a lesson on respectful backcountry travel from...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Don't get close to moose on the loose

When I was 16, I saw a moose for the first time.It was at the end of a long day of hiking in the Wemin-uche Wilderness when I spotted it in a wetland meadow.I sat and watched the moose for the next...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Tourist Test might teach you something

Mark Twain once wrote, "You perceive I generalize with intrepidity from single instances. It is the tourist's custom."I enjoy this quote not only because it is both humorous and true, but because...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Mountain lion exhibit helps educate you

Have you ever wondered how high a mountain lion can jump? Or how high you could jump in comparison? If questions about the athletic prowess of a mountain lion have ever crossed your mind, I urge...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Mosquitoes may be pests, but we still need them

Mosquito. It is a word that is capable of striking fear in the heart of the most seasoned outdoor enthusiast.The shrill buzz of a female mosquito hovering by your ear is enough to ruin a perfectly...

DATE: July 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Many myths exist when it comes to wolves

This summer, Durango Nature Studies has the honor of hosting WolfWood Refuge at our Junior Naturalist Field Camp.During two of our summer camp sessions the WolfWood directors and volunteers,...

DATE: June 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Ned Cecil Coate

Ned Cecil Coate died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at his home in Durango of leukemia. He was 88.Mr. Coate was born Aug. 30, 1920, to Cecil and Lydia Markley Coate in Miami County, Ohio. He graduated...

DATE: May 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

Wildflower has more uses than for blowing wishes

Do you remember your favorite flower when you were a child? I bet if you think about it, you will remember a forgotten affection for the dandelion. Today, if you take pride in your yard, the...

DATE: May 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Durango Nature Studies

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