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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How Many Images Did It Take?

How many images did it take to get this coyote to sit down in front of the camera and howl? Let’s look at the total numbers. They are huge when it comes to photographs. But what do they represent? They represent my wildlife biology work from 2015 to the present at 3 Rivers Foundation.  …

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Meet the Flower That Only Lives 24 Hours

When I learn something new about a plant it makes seeing them the next time even more impressive. Hartweg Evening Primrose or Hartweg Sundrops (Calylophus hartwegii) greets the world in the evening, stays up all night, and then by the evening of the next day it is spent. After it is done for the blooms…

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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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