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  • Why I Would Not Man the Barricades for Cliven Bundy

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday April 16th, 2014 at 05:48 PM

    The stand-off over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay public-lands grazing fees has energized a lot of people who are starting to think that the federal government is oppressive. Maybe so. You can count on federal law-enforcement to be clumsy and oppressive, and idea of a "First Amendment Zone" is ludicrous. The entire country is a "First Amendment Zone." But still. This is an ongoing story that the anti-federal zealots have just recently discovered, but I think they picked the...
  • Western Mountain Snowpack April 1, 2014

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday April 16th, 2014 at 02:13 PM

    Square_140_snow1404Click to embiggen View previous months and years at the National Water and Climate Center.
  • Seven Falls Added to Broadmoor Empire, or rather "Campus"

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday April 12th, 2014 at 04:00 PM

    Seven Falls, a "legacy" tourist attraction in Colorado Springs that means that it predates the Chamber of Commerce, perhaps has been purchased by the Broadmoor Hotel. Although my maternal grandparents arrived in the Springs in the 1920s, and I have been in and out of the city most of my life, I have never visited Seven Falls! Someone once told me that the flow was augmented via a pipe to make the falls look better (is this true?), and that news convinced that it was merely a tourist trap....
  • Sunlight and Body Weight Connected?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday April 12th, 2014 at 08:47 AM

    Get up and out in the sunshine early in the day, and you will be slimmer, says this article. A surprising new strategy for managing your weight? Bright morning light. A new Northwestern Medicine study reports the timing, intensity and duration of your light exposure during the day is linked to your weightthe first time this has been shown.. And before you start talking about individual exceptions, yes, I am married to a slim person who hates to get up early. For me, early dog walk is partly...
  • Ringtail: Another Blurry Scout Camera Trophy

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Friday April 11th, 2014 at 06:00 AM

    Square_140_ringtail-trim12:14 a.m., April 10, 2014This photo might not look like much, but it is a trophy for me in my sporadic camera-trapping my first ringtail (Bassariscus astutus). Some people call them "ring-tail cats," but they are not in the cat family, although they are a little cat-like. Some years ago a friend was describing a backpacking trip into a wilderness study area in eastern Fremont County, Colo. "I woke up, and there was a skinny raccoon trying to get into my pack!" he said. That was a ringtail....
  • "Misinformed" by Realtors

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Thursday April 10th, 2014 at 05:00 AM

    Whoever keeps up the Facebook page for the county road and bridge department just posted this: Dear local realtors, please feel free to ask if you are unsure if a property is located on a county maintained road, I will happily give you the correct information. I have had 3 of your potential customers in my office today researching property that they were interested in and all had been "misinformed" by the listing agent. Your customers would rather hear it from you than to waste their time...
  • Wolves on the Colorado Ballot?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday April 9th, 2014 at 08:07 AM

    Colorado is known for its frequent citizen initiatives to change its constitution, which is why the state constitution is now almost as along as the Boulder telephone book. In a discussion of the ecological phenomenon of the "trophic cascade" at Colorado College last night, noted conservation biologist Michael Soulé mentioned that plans are afoot to try to pass a new constitutional modification requiring the re-introduction of wolves. It would certainly pass on the urban Front Range, he...
  • Domes Are (Were) the Future

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Tuesday April 1st, 2014 at 03:00 AM

    Square_140_www.ultraswank.net I found this illustration at Ultra Swank, a "retro living" site, and the more I look at it, the less sense it makes, even in a late-1950s Your Friend the Atom sort of way. Admittedly, its purpose was to sell whisky, not to advance agronomy. But still, how would "harnessed atomic power" transform anything? Generating electricity to pump water? Irradiating crops? Whatever the technology, it is clear that "men who plan beyond tomorrow" will still wear "Montana peak" hats. And you had to have...