Saturday, July 04, 2020
Friday, July 03, 2020
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High overhead, in July, you’ll find the constellation Hercules. The four stars making up the top of Hercules is known as the Keystone, and if you point a telescope or binoculars to the west side of the Keystone, you’ll find one of my favorite objects: M13, a wonderful globular cluster. West …

Friday, May 15, 2020
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Mail-order seed companies report they are running out of seed – vegetable seeds, primarily. Seems like we’re all wanting to take a step toward self-sufficiency this spring when there are so many other aspects of life beyond our control.

Saturday, May 02, 2020
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I am living under the flight path of major construction. A Swainson’s hawk is plucking cottonwood branches from one neighbor’s tree and taking them over my house to another neighbor’s tree to build a nest.

Friday, May 01, 2020
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The constellations overhead in May are dominated by Leo and Ursa Major. Leo the Lion is easily picked out by a large backward question mark known as the Sickle. The bright star at the bottom of the Sickle is Regulus. Ursa Major the Great Bear is home to the well-known group of stars known as…

Sunday, April 12, 2020
Sunday, April 05, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
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Although the stars and constellations we see in April are a sure sign spring is here, we know better than that living in Wyoming. At least we get some clear nights between snow storms and the snow melts faster this time of year. The bright constellations of winter Canis Major, Orion, Gemini,…

Sunday, March 22, 2020
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Keep away from people. That is one of the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect you from Covid-19. What better way to avoid people than to get outdoors where there are few people?

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When hours of daylight are quickly lengthening and seed packets are showing up at garden centers, you know it’s time for flower and vegetable seed starting. If you’ve never tried, it’s time to learn how.

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Reaching an elevation of 11,158 feet above sea-level, Colorado’s Eisenhower Tunnel is both the longest mountain tunnel and the highest point in the United States’ interstate network. It’s also the highest vehicular tunnel in the world.

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In March, the bright winter constellations of Canis Major, Canis Minor, Orion, Gemini, Taurus and Auriga fill the southern sky, stretching all the way to zenith – the point directly overhead. Directly due south you’ll find Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. If you are away from city ligh…

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A pack of wolves is believed to be hunting in northwest Colorado and it has some hikers wondering if they should be worried about encountering this deadly apex predator on the trail. Below, I’ve answered a few common questions related to wolves and wolf safety in areas where this animal is present.

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Overhead in the month of February you’ll find the brilliant winter constellations of Canis Major, Canis Minor, Orion, Gemini, Taurus and Auriga. Many people think the cold, crisp air we have this time of year makes the stars appear brighter; actually the winter skies appear brighter because …

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January is the traditional time gardeners read seed catalogs. There’s nothing to do outside but maybe prune a few dormant shrubs and trees. It’s also my favorite time to read garden books, old and new.

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This year might seem like a wild weather year for Colorado (just look at these headlines: Bomb cyclone strands 1,000-plus drivers; Vehicles engulfed by avalanche on interstate; Drought 2nd worst in 124 years; High-altitude tornado destroys multiple homes; Mudslide closes I-70 exit; 16 inches…