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Speaking of Nature: Great Plains nomad — The brown-headed cowbird
03-19-2023 9:48 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

In the year 1500, just a blink of an eye before Europeans started migrating into North America in large numbers, the ecology of the “New World” was relatively stable. Forests of various types dominated the eastern third of the continent, forests of...


Speaking of Nature: Conflict — The fight for survival
03-05-2023 6:15 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

We’ve reached that point in the school year when my biology students have learned about Gregor Mendel, his experiments with pea plants and the general concepts of genes and heredity. We’ve also taken a look at the structures and basic functions of DNA...


Fallen tree destroys raptor enclosures, kills owls in Conway
03-02-2023 10:51 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

CONWAY — Even those who are driven to help others sometimes need help. Just ask raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi, whose bird enclosures were recently ravaged by a fallen pine tree.According to Ricardi, the tree tore through one of the property’s cages...


Speaking of Nature: Man vs. squirrel, round 2
02-20-2023 7:23 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

In last week’s column, I featured the American red squirrel and I shared a photo of one of these rascals solving the puzzle of one of my birdfeeders. “How, do I get those peanuts?” it must have wondered and in relatively short order it managed to get...


Speaking of Nature: Man vs. squirrel, round 2
02-13-2023 9:46 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

In last week’s column, I featured the American red squirrel and I shared a photo of one of these rascals solving the puzzle of one of my birdfeeders. “How, do I get those peanuts?” it must have wondered and in relatively short order it managed to get...


Speaking of Nature: The grand deception of the northern mockingbird
01-22-2023 3:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I have no idea how many photos exist in my personal collection, nor, I am afraid, will I ever know. I can say (definitively) that in the past 6 years I have taken exactly 104,308 photos, but that is where “exact” comes to a close. My records prior to...


Speaking of Nature: A tale of two sparrows
01-08-2023 3:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

For the past couple weeks I have found myself grumbling during my mornings at the kitchen window.For some reason my yard has become popular with a flock of house sparrows (Passer domesticus) and I am not at all pleased. The house sparrow is an...


Speaking of Nature: 2023 resolutions: Pointing the lens at plants
01-01-2023 3:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Welcome to 2023! Another calendar has been used, another red journal finished and safely tucked away on a shelf and newness has taken over. I place a brand new desk blotter calendar on my office desk, I unwrap a brand new red journal and begin to...

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