Snow Pack Improves During December 2021

The good news at the end of a year otherwise filled with less than inspiring events is that the snow pack across the West has improved dramatically in the month of December. If you have been following my blog for a long time, you might have noticed my obsession with snow pack. Snow pack isContinue reading “Snow Pack Improves During December 2021”

Wildlife Still Active

First, a correction to my last post: Although we got a solid inch of snow, Denver proper did not. We are 800 feet higher than Denver, and frequently get precipitation when they don’t. The take-home? Denver has blown past the previous record for latest snow fall, with no relief in sight. As of November 30,Continue reading “Wildlife Still Active”

2021 Pika Patrol, Part 2

Last week my husband and I made our way up to the other pika site outside of Leadville, and above Turquoise Lake we’ve been monitoring for the Colorado Pika Project. The day before the high country got a dusting of snow, but our day started with beautiful clear skies. Perfect for a moderately challenging 3Continue reading “2021 Pika Patrol, Part 2”

Pika Patrol, 2019 Edition

End of summer. It’s time for Pika Patrol! Due to complications last summer, my husband and I weren’t able to volunteer with Front Range Pika Project last fall. We were determined to make it this year. If you have been following my blog for several years, you might remember that two years ago, in 2017,Continue reading “Pika Patrol, 2019 Edition”

NASA Computer Simulation Shows 2017 Hurricane Tracks

This computer simulation from NASA shows just how interconnected the world is. https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=12772&button=recent The computer simulation runs from August 1 through November 1, 2017. It follows hurricanes that tracked over the Atlantic Ocean this fall, letting you see how dust from the Sahara ends up in Miami, and smoke from the wildfires in California andContinue reading “NASA Computer Simulation Shows 2017 Hurricane Tracks”

Pika Patrol, Part One

What do you do when you are forced out of your home? How do you find another place to live, when the sites you need are already full? American Pika, small rodent-like rabbit relatives who live in the alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountains, are facing this problem as warmer temperatures force them ever higher.Continue reading “Pika Patrol, Part One”

Project BudBurst Begins in Jeffco

Several months ago, I responded to an add in the local papers for volunteers for Jeffco Open Space. At their open house, they had many different options — desk worker, naturalist, trail maintenance. All these were possibilities, but the option I signed up for in the in was that of plant monitor for Project Budburst.Continue reading “Project BudBurst Begins in Jeffco”