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There is pure joy in watching birds hop about in the snow and seeing them hang on bird feeders in search of a good meal. They may not be polite, some can be downright ornery and often they may be more than a little messy - but what a great delight it is to watch the ruckus in our own backyards, and with so little effort. more
We're seeing lots of birds in area backyards this winter. Maybe because we've had some true winter weather this year and birds need a bit of help surviving the cold and snow. Here are a few questions we've been hearing in the last week or so. more
Local queen bee expert Melanie Kirby is pursuing her questions about the possible connections between New Mexico and Spanish bees by traveling to Spain. Her goal is to learn more about the science and cultural-traditional aspects of bees in order to benefit local beekeepers. more
If you are looking for a stunning and unusual way to celebrate the shortest day of the year and the return of the light, Bandelier National Monument is once again hosting guided winter solstice walks on Saturday (Dec. 21). more
This will be the 120th year for the annual Christmas Bird Count. It began in 1900 as an alternative to a traditional Christmas hunt. The purpose of the count is for citizen scientists to provide data to the National Audubon Society that helps build a comprehensive picture of bird life and patterns in the Americas and also to provide an opportunity for people to become involved in bird watching, even if they are just beginning birders. more
This large hawk of the prairie and desert country is considered in a threatened status. Through loss of suitable habitat and shooting mortality, the population has declined to the point that currently there are estimated to be no more than 4,000 pairs alive. more
Abert's squirrel (Sciurus aberti), also called the tassel-eared squirrel, inhabits dry ponderosa pine forests of New Mexico and extends up into Colorado, Utah and northern Arizona. There are four separate populations of Abert's squirrels across their range, all occurring in areas where ponderosa pine forests are present. more
The northern flicker is the only woodpecker to regularly feed on the ground. It has a long, barbed tongue that it uses to dig in the dirt to lap up ants. Don't be surprised to scare up a flicker or two while strolling in the woods or along wooded edges. more
Over the past half-century, North America has lost almost 30 percent of its bird population, or around 3 billion birds, according to a new study published last month. more
Green darner dragonfly, an ancient predatorThe common, but beautiful green darner dragonfly (Anax junius) migrates from the northern United States down into Texas, Mexico and Central America, … more
Chamiso (Spanish) - also chamiso pardo or chamiso hediondo Sagebrush, desert sage, big sagebrushFamily: AsteraceaGenus and species: Artemisia tridentataChamiso is abundant in Northern New Mexico as … more
Rounding a corner of the El Nogal Nature Trail, William Kemsley - better known as "Backpacker Bill" - steadies himself with his hiking poles, taking care to … more
Our earliest ancestors relied on native plants for their existence: for food, medicine, shelter and other daily uses. Many healers from different indigenous groups investigated local herbal plants … more
Story and photos by Ellen Miller GoinsThe skies threaten afternoon rain and Moreno Valley wind gusts hard when I pull up to the Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast to collect Henrik and Lone Krarup for an … more
The green heron (Butorides virescens) is small and winters in southern New Mexico and appears throughout the state during migration to eastern breeding grounds. The green heron feeds on aquatic prey … more
A day spent trekking with llamas through the woods resets the rhythm of the body to a more ancient and natural pace. Under a blue sky in the quiet forest, distractions fade and the pace … more
We not only enjoy observing wildlife and benefit from those that provide food and other resources, but we depend on a healthy, diverse wildlife community in other ways, as well. more
If it has been awhile since you visited one of New Mexico's national parks, autumn is a great time to enjoy these public land jewels. A variety of special events are coming up in August and … more
What happens when you lose pollinators like birds, bees and butterflies? It hurts our food supply.The world's pollinators have been in decline for decades. Monarch butterfly populations … more
July is National Picnic Month and a great time to get out in Taos for some outdoor dining. more
Bullsnakes (Pituophis catenifer sayi) are large, heavy-bodied, nonvenomous snakes found throughout North America from southern Canada into Mexico. Bullsnakes are probably the most … more
The image shown here is of two emission nebulae in the constellation Serpens Cauda (The Serpent's Tail). The larger one, which … more
Everywhere you go this summer in Taos, people are talking about bug bites. Whether you are working outside, gardening, farming, fishing, camping or hiking, this has been a … more
If you love to explore remote areas in nature but don't care for sleeping on the ground or otherwise roughing it, glamping may be for you. more
Public land trails need upkeep and public land agencies don't have enough staff to get the job done. So the agencies rely heavily on trail volunteers. Recently, the Bureau of Land Management and … more
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