Category Archives: Bill’s Notes

Signs of Summer 16: HAB’s on The Plains!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) I have written about Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB’s) a number of times before. These HAB’s include the noxious red tides on the Florida coast ( Signs of Winter 2, … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 15: Colorado Squirrels!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Last week I talked about the trees in my yard. This week I want to record my observations on the squirrels that live in and feed on those trees! … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 14: The View From My New Window

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) I have set up my writing desk next to a large, double window that looks out onto my new back yard. This space is more confined and more restricted … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 13: Water, Water, Not Everywhere!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) When you talk about any ecological, environmental or economic aspect of Colorado you inevitably come to one inescapable noun: water. The ability to grow crops depends on the availability … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 12: West Toward Home (Part 3)!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) About 30 miles east of Omaha it started to rain. Not a thunderstorm kind of rain (which you would expect in the summer in these “continental climate” regions) but … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 11: West Toward Home (Part 2)!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) We drove out of Indiana and left the ghost of the pre-colonial eastern forest behind. Entering Illinois we crossed the eastern boundary of the now defunct great, tall grass … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 10: West Toward Home (Part 1)!

(Click here to listen to a audio version of this blog!) We left Apollo in the early afternoon and drove west in bright sunshine. The air was as warm and humid as you would expect for Western Pennsylvania in late … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 9: Sit Spots

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) (Much of this blog was originally published in July, 2013) When you are looking at Nature you see and experience its details inversely proportionally to the speed at which … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 7: Ancient Ecosystems Underfoot

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) (Most of this blog was originally published in June 2014) One of the Big Ideas in Biology that has grown clearer and more compelling to me over the years … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 6: Considering the Passenger Pigeon

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) The passenger pigeon (Ectopigtes migratorius) is an extinct, North American bird of great legend and mystique.  It resembled in size and markings the still living mourning dove (Zenaida macroura), … Continue reading

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