Ineresting Insects

Insects are the most numerous organisms on the planet.  They can be found in virtually every ecosystem in the world, with the possible exceptions of the polar regions, and the deepest, airless parts of lakes and oceans.  They have evolved to live in whatever habitat...

The Promise of Spring

The recent snows of February brought much-needed moisture.  Spring is still over a month away, but if you look closely you will see signs here and there that life is ready to bloom.  The winds are still cold and we may yet have more snow, but a few bits of green can...

The Eagle’s Edge

Raptors are the apex predators of the avian community.  Bird nobility, if you will, eclipsing their smaller cousins (and sometimes eating them).  Most raptors are much larger than the average bird and create a thrilling spectacle when we are fortunate enough to...

The Mighty Oak

Found in all temperate parts of the world, the oak tree has a history with humankind. Many old oaks, especially in the Old World, grew to impressive size, well-deserving of the term mighty.  It was revered in the ancient British Isles as a sacred tree and was...

Javelina Haunts

As fall segues into winter, we who are fortunate enough to live in the Central Highlands of Arizona will begin to see more of some of our iconic animal neighbors.  This can be positive, negative, or both, depending on our perspective.  If we have chosen to live here,...

Getting to Know Gophers

Nobody likes gophers, right?  We do everything we can to get rid of them, even KILL (gasp!).  But wait a minute.  Every plant and animal has its proper place and its proper purpose, so maybe we need to learn the proper place and purpose of the gopher.  Not sure what a...