Blow Lugworms

At low tide in Washington state one recent afternoon, I discovered the shoreline dotted with little mounds of coiled sand. They were everywhere – a beach dotted with mini sandcastles! I’d never seen such a thing and was instantly wondering … Continue reading

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

They’re baa-aack! One of the wonders of spring is when the air fills with the trill of hummingbird wings. For the longest time I thought the local hummingbird visitors were the ruby-throated variety. I was wrong. There are 300 species … Continue reading

Pink Grasshoppers

Have you ever seen a pink grasshopper? If you have, consider yourself lucky – the chance of anyone seeing one in their lifetime is only about 1%. Pink grasshoppers are not a unique species. Instead, they are ordinary grasshoppers with … Continue reading

Celebrate Biodiversity

This Wednesday, May 22, is the celebration of the International Day for Biodiversity 2024. The day celebrates the 1992 adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. More simply, it celebrates biodiversity and raises awareness about the need … Continue reading

Ringed Caecilians

Forget what you learned in elementary school about mammals being the only animals that nurse their young. Science is always evolving! Ringed caecilians are worm-like amphibians that grow to about 17.5 inches long. And they lay eggs (side note – … Continue reading

Mountain Bluebird

I love spring for a lot of reasons; one of them is the return of many bird species, including mountain bluebirds. The flash of blue on the open grasslands is welcome sight. And while humans, myself included, love the blue … Continue reading

From the Files of the Odd, Overlooked, and Underappreciated: Naked Mole Rat

Naked mole rats are undoubtedly among the most interesting-looking mammals out there. They are wrinkly and toothy, have long rat-like tails, and are mostly hairless. Being naked has its advantages in the hot desert regions in east Africa. And if … Continue reading

Happy Earth Day

It’s Earth Day! I like to think of Earth Day like New Year’s Day…it’s the beginning of a new year, and time to reassess how we live and to make new resolutions. The first Earth Day was in 1970 and … Continue reading

Microscopic Face Mites

I am fascinated with the microscopic world and all that goes on that is not visible to the human eye. If you are prone to become squeamish, read no further. This is a good one. One of those microscopic worlds … Continue reading

Red-Winged Blackbirds

Not long ago I was out on a nearby trail and passed by a large bush down in a gulley – and the bush was singing. I couldn’t even see the birds among the branches, though it sounded like there … Continue reading