So you think it was hot

So you think it was hot

See the blistering heat of July on this map from NASA. Looking at this map really brings it home to how hot July was. And now that it is August and showing no sign of letting up, of course driving tours are the now the preferred method for exploring. In fact, we saw 109 degrees…

Another inlet

Another inlet

Yesterday was First Wed sitting in the shade. After the others headed home, Jeanne and I decided to take a walk along another inlet. So we were able to find a few more treasures. And we managed to stay in the shade too, mostly. So tomorrow will conclude our finds on First Wednesday. Meet the…

In the shade

In the shade

Today was a First Wednesday in the shade! Indeed, five of us braved the morning, mostly in the shade. It really was not that bad, at least that was my opinion. 😉 Additionally, while sitting, the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were busy in the trees above. Then a pair of titmice came screaming by. Literally, one made…

Bump in the night

Bump in the night

So I have been plotting on a way to see exactly who was leaving tracks in the sandy loam in our woods. Yes, I can tell in general most the time what is leaving the tracks. However, I want to see who exactly are leaving the little tracks. Pushy plants? Student discovery ‘adds new dimension…

Snow-on-the-prairie

Snow-on-the-prairie

Indeed, snow sounds pretty good about now, eh. Well, the Snow-on-the-prairie (Euphorbia bicolor) does not mean that cool weather is just around the corner. However, I think it is wonderfully nice on the eyes with its cool white and green colors in this heat as it gets started! U.S. Will Plant One Billion Trees to…

35 seconds

35 seconds

This morning we had just a tiny bit of hope for some rain. In fact, Jim saw FOUR drops on the sidewalk! But alas, that is all we got. Have you been watching the Sir David Attenborough’s The Green Planet on PBS? If not, I highly recommend it. You can stream episode 1 from KERA…

Ice Cream for lunch!

Ice Cream for lunch!

Shirley would be proud! LOL. Today, Jeanne and I went to BRIT to deposit our plant specimens we had collected this season. It is always fun to make the trip. And of course on the way out of town, my new favorite place to stop for ice cream, Paleta Mia Ice Cream. If you like…

No tuna

No tuna

Do you still have your fingers crossed for rain over the next couple of days? I do! And this evening I heard the Rain Crow or Yellow-billed Cuckoo talking. Hope its forecast is good. 🙂 Additionally, two Common Nighthawks were squawking overhead. Love them! The magnificent moths of the Catskill mountains – in pictures Plant…

Just a shell

Just a shell

Our high temperature today was 102 degrees. Fingers crossed for a chance of rain soon! Trees Are Overrated Rio Grande Runs Dry in Albuquerque Marjory Stephenson Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

Make a friend

Make a friend

This was the last quail survey morning! And we were lucky to hear one Bobwhite on a different unit than previous days today. So this means we heard four bobwhites in three different locations on the grasslands for this year’s survey effort. That is pretty darn nice! Migratory Monarch Butterflies Are Listed as an Endangered…

Sharing

Sharing

Do you have all your appendages crossed for rain? So when you garden, do you plant more than you need? Long ago I read this was the way…plant more than you need. The why is because then you can share. Well, this year I planted a garden (thanks Claire). And my plan all along, was…

Was it too hot

Was it too hot

This morning we did another quail survey. We have been using the Merlin app to record the species of birds we hear. This morning’s list includes Mourning Dove, Purple Martin American Crow, House Sparrow, Painted Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Painted Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, titmouse, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,…