March 11 – Saturday Phenology Drive

The bluebirds are back! The image above comes from a friend of mine out in Wapiti who reported seeing the first ones arrive on March 10 this year. Often it's just the males first, but this year quite a few pairs showed up together and already house hunting. So...

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Looking for Mountain Bluebirds on South Fork

Starting a phenology journal is as simple as noting when you observe the firsts of the year. And the Mountain Bluebirds should show up in the greater Yellowstone area anytime in the next week or so. Each year you make notes of the firsts, you go back through and start...

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Is the answer to routines in phenology?

Can you feel the changes happening with the days getting longer and the small signs of spring starting to emerge? This is the time of year when winter and summer take turns making that shift. We'll have a few warm days, then that wild Wyoming wind blows in the next...

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Seeing signs of Spring

They're coming! The Mountain Bluebirds are on their way. It's the surest sign of spring we all look for out here and an email list came through today saying they saw the first ones outside of Laramie. Next they should be seen in the Casper area and then the...

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Where have all the rabbits gone?

11 Feb 2017 | Ever since the last few snow storms that moved through, the rabbits we would regularly see have all disappeared. In fact, the past few days, I continually look specifically for them and find none. Then last night while taking Rhad out (my corgi that's...

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Looking for Spring

The chinook winds are (still) blowing this morning as I write and the streets in town that were full of water yesterday are drying out. The winds have melted the 8" or so we got from the last storm and are working on the snow left from December. Friends mentioned...

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My word for 2017: FLOW

We only have this life we lead and our job is to tell the best story with it that we can. Again this year I have a word to guide me - to remind me what I need to add or drop in my life to live more fully. To do a better job at living the Story I lead. For 2017,...

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Giant Geyser Awakening?

Geyser Gazers in Yellowstone yesterday had a great kick off to 2017 with a Hot Period from Giant Geyser.  They noticed Grotto Geyser was recovering from a "marathon" eruption - one that lasts a long time and drains the system enough to give Giant Geyser an opportunity...

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Mastering the Art of Focus

“If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to...

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How to Be Outside more in 2017

As you start to think about what you want your 2017 to look like, you might want to add in more time outside. Being outside is healthy for us on many levels. Connecting with nature has been proven to have multiple health and mental well being benefits.  One of the...

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2016 – My Year of YES

As the year winds down, I find myself in transition from this year's word of YES to next year's word of FLOW (more on that to come). I want to share how this process works simply because I encourage you to try finding a word to guide you. The depth of this practice...

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Watching “N.O.T. Geyser” grow at West Thumb

This summer a new geyser broke out at West Thumb Geyser Basin just north of Thumb Geyser. People not familiar with geyser basins often assume that they're fairly static, and that after all these years, we know much about how thermal features work. The truth is that we...

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