Common Nighthawks Evening

The afternoon began with coyotes, turkey vultures, and wildflowers. It ended with trying to capture bats with an echometer. What greeted us instead were four common nighthawks Chordeiles minor flying over the Beaver Pond foraging for their dinner.    Soundless in their flight except for the wingbeats they put on an aerobatic show of swooping and diving over…

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Another Thankful Porcupine Moment

  A gasping moment.   A double-tap on Lynn’s arm.  Grabbing my camera.  Slamming on the Gator’s brakes.   Climbing through a fence.   The pursuit began through prickly pear and mesquite trees.  But for what?   Since 2015 I have been monitoring the trees and ground for live porcupines on 3 Rivers Foundation conservation lands. Every once in…

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Observations of Fall Grasses

These grasses began their lives with tons of chlorophyll in their leaves this spring. They showed their backbones by staying green in the stifling 100-degree days of summer. As they began maturing their seeds were collected to be used to reseed areas that need restoration. As the summer days turned into fall, these grasses put…

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The Loner (Or is he?)

Captured at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.     Photograph – © Christena Stephens Photography  

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