Stephanie Weber


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

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

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