March 11 – Saturday Phenology Drive

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...
Looking for Mountain Bluebirds on South Fork

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...
Seeing signs of Spring

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...
Looking for Spring

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...
This Week in Wonderland: Week 38, 2016

This Week in Wonderland: Week 38, 2016

PHENOLOGY & GEYSER REPORT (phenology is the study of the seasons) It’s been the start of some glorious fall weather this past week, punctuated with a bit of rain and snow (at higher elevations). September is a great month to be outside. Fewer birds around...