Saturday, October 10, 2020
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I’m trying to follow my own advice to use a notebook to track what I plant (and where) and what the results are. That way, in the depths of winter, when the catalogs and nurseries tempt me with their 2021 offerings, I might review my notes and make better-informed decisions.

Friday, October 09, 2020
Saturday, October 03, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
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It is that time of year again when the hills come alive with color. Or, at least that is what typically occurs by mid- to late September. This year, of course, is not normal. That is true in many ways, including this fall’s leaf peeping season.

Saturday, September 05, 2020
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Canada is happy again. It was not happy in December 2017 when the solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior reinterpreted the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act so that it allowed industry to accidentally kill birds without any penalty – including birds that spend summers in Canada.

Friday, September 04, 2020
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September evening skies are a mixture of the summer Milky Way still found overhead and dominating the western sky with the dimmer and less obvious autumn constellations found in the eastern sky. High overhead is Cygnus and Lyra, both of which contain two stars of the Summer Triangle. The thi…

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
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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,…

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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.