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  • "The Big Burn" Coming to PBS

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Thursday January 29th, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Based on Timothy Egan's excellent book The Big Burn, an upcoming episode of PBS' The American Experience, "The Fire That Changed Everything" is devoted to the largest forest fire in the history of the United States, which rampaged through northern Idaho and western Montana in 1910. In the summer of 1910, hundreds of wildfires raged across the Northern Rockies. By the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead. It was the largest fire...
  • Why You Don't Want a 'Water Feature' in Bear Country

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday January 24th, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Square_140_beulah_bears The attribution for this photo was stripped off in the process that brought it to me, but I understand that it was taken in Beulah, Colorado (western Pueblo Country), located in the foothills of the Wet Mountains, which have a healthy population of black bears. Bears will walk along a shallow stream flipping over rocks to see if anything edible is underneath these two probably found nothing in the artificial pond and stream, but being bears, they had fun anyway.
  • Would You Have Eaten What George Melville Ate?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday January 17th, 2015 at 05:45 PM

    Square_140_whaleboatJeannette's boats are separated in a gale. Illustration from "In the Lena Delta"In July 1879, the USS Jeannette, a former Royal Navy gunboat with both sails and a steam engine, left San Francisco Bay for the Bering Strait and the Arctic Ocean beyond. Its purchase and outfitting expenses were chiefly covered by newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett, Jr., sort of the Ted Turner of his day, with the ship being commissioned by the US Navy and given a Navy crewplus two native Alaskan dog handlers...
  • Blog Stew with Membership Fees

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Friday January 16th, 2015 at 08:55 PM

    "Guntry clubs" apparently this is a "thing" now, as people say on the Internet. "Savvy investors" are interested. The average age of new target shooters is 33, while 47percent live in urban or suburban areas, and 37percent are female, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry. Me, I will stick with the Blood of Christ Shooting Sports Club.
  • The Benevolent Order of Middle-Aged Adrenaline Junkies

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Tuesday January 13th, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Square_140_at_the_rollover 1. You see a neighbor at a cafe during lunch in Nearby Town, 15 miles away. Eight hours later, you meet her at the site of a one-pickup truck rollover accident on a snowy highway near home. She was wearing her EMT gear at lunchmust have been her shift on Nearby Town's ambulance. 2. Responding to the call in your POV (personally owned vehicle), yours are the only tire tracks on the snowy county road. In the headlights' beams, the track of a fox weaves back and forth across the road. Red...
  • Yes, It's Pretty, But We're Sick of It

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Tuesday January 13th, 2015 at 03:04 PM

    Square_140_rime Four days of freezing fog in the last week. The spousal unit is complaining loudly that it's too icy for her daily walks. Sometimes, even gravel and bare dirt are slick. This is completely un-Southern Colorado, and we do not like it.
  • January 2015 Western Snowpack Map

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Monday January 12th, 2015 at 09:25 AM

    Square_140_snow1501 Based on SNOTEL sites. Archive here.
  • Six View on Getting in Firewood

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday January 7th, 2015 at 05:00 AM

    Square_140_cutting_in_clogsWhat my friends think I do.What my family thinks I do.What Society thinks I do. What my wife thinks I do.What I think I do.What I really do.
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