With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, it’s a good time to look at the role of the male in several species that live in this region.
Evolutionary ecologists explain that life’s overriding goal is to get your genes out there with a minimum of invested time and energy. Hence, most male animals move on after mating, leaving the female to do most of the child rearing. However, the name of the game when it comes to evolution is change.
Walking out of the house in a T-shirt before 9 a.m. is the surest sign warm weather is here to stay.
At Durango Nature Studies, the onset of the season means the opening of the Nature Center to the public. Sure, we’ve had upward of 60 schoolkids out there each day since April, but May is the month the public also can partake in the beauty and diversity that the center offers.
As a follow-up to our school programs, we hope that parents will take their children to the Nature Center on a Saturday this summer to have kids show what they have learned. There is no better way to solidify natural
April is the month when spring really begins to unfold. Flowers burst from the trees, and a slow greening sweeps over the ground.
It is fitting that April is the month we celebrate Earth Day. Durango Nature Studies will host its annual Earth Day 5K and family-fun run celebration. This year it will be held April 26. Your whole family can have fun at this event, which includes an after-party with food, drink and music. The combination of human health and the health of the planet is closely entwined.
Some people use January as their time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh to achieve goals and make changes. I prefer March.
For one, ever the procrastinator, I find it’s a handy excuse for those of us who never got around to making New Year’s resolutions. But somehow it feels more natural to ease into resolutions as the world also is embracing change. There’s nothing like watching the pioneering pasque flowers and daffodils push their way out of the earth, despite an occasional dusting of snow, to make one want to try a little harder.
Friday is Valentine’s Day, and the chocolate, flower and restaurant businesses will be booming.
But, for those who would prefer a romantic night under the full moon, join Durango Nature Studies for a special Valentine’s full moon snowshoe hike. And, if we’re lucky, we’ll be joined in the dusky night by a silent and stealthy great horned owl protecting his nest and his young.
The great horned owl is one of the earliest breeding birds in North America. Owls breed in late January because of the lengthy nightfall during this time of the year. Owls do not build their own nests, but take over
The temperature has been dropping this month and will continue to drop.
Despite best intentions, a period of bone-chilling weather often keeps people inside rather than encourages outdoor activity. I hope by now your car has been cleaned out, the yard decluttered and the windows washed because nothing very productive is going to happen in January. This is also true for the family-oriented beaver.
With the holidays approaching, I find myself looking for more creative places to hide presents each year.
When trying to break the news about Santa Claus to my oldest son a few years ago, he responded by saying, “It’s OK, Mom, I found all my presents a few years ago and didn’t have the heart to tell you.”
Perhaps it’s this built-in ability that kids seem to have for finding presents in the best of hiding places that makes me associate the holidays with one of my favorite birds: the pinyon jay.
One of my favorite memories with my son is when he was 2 and just getting good at walking.
His favorite thing to do was to walk around our block, a task that would take me five minutes on my own, but an hour with him. He had certain things he looked for each time, and we could never rush through his expectations.
The highlight of our walk each time, and where I had to prepare to spend a good 20 minutes, was a boxelder tree on the corner of our block. Below the tree, thousands of bright red boxelder bug nymphs crawled through the leaves.
“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” – Khalil Gibran
My father died last week after a short illness, and the loss is still in the forefront of my mind. Death for many allows time for preparation, and for many it is unexpected. Regardless of its methods, death reminds the living of the beauty of life and the importance of living each day to its fullest.
Growing up in Arkansas, maple, oak and elm trees displayed an array of fall colors in reds and
“Environmental literacy” is a phrase that is picking up steam in Colorado and around the country.
In Colorado, legislation was passed into law in 2010 that required the Colorado Department of Education to adopt a statewide plan for environmental education. In 2011, the Colorado Department of Education, along with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, developed an Environmental Literacy Plan, or the Colorado Environmental Education Plan, after holding many strategic planning sessions around the state. Durango Nature Studies created an advisory council here in Durango to provide input into the plan.