Category Archives: Wildlife

Tales from the Isle of Galveston

There’s a species of birder that birds through the long lens of a high-caliber camera. These birders are usually male, although more women join the band every year. I call them the Big Lens Guys. They appear to be an army unit clothed in camo … Continue reading

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Sketching Spoonbills on the Nest

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Cheap Trick

Does anyone remember the seductive purple Vanda orchid that won my heart at OKC’s famous Myriad Botanical Garden a few months back? I paired her with a jambu fruit dove (Ptilinopus jambu) from the Oklahoma City Zoo’s aviary. Another irresistible lure came … Continue reading

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Why I’m Glad I’m Not Painting Polar Bears

Are you staying warm? No? Me neither. It’s freezing, hasn’t gotten above 25 degrees F in more than a week, hovers mostly around 10, not counting sub-zero wind chill. It snows  just enough to close the public schools every few … Continue reading

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August, Osage County, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

With singing dickcissels every fifteen feet (it seemed), giant swallowtails (Papilio cresphontes) flapping over blooming ironweed, and goldenrod pushing up through clumps of big bluestem- and where off in the shade bison rested, the bulls getting itchy, ready to rut- … Continue reading

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Happy Turkey Day, with or without feathers

Ant Man is lamenting the unusual size of our turkey. When agri-giant Butterball declared 2013 a bad year for turkeys to explain their smaller-than-usual production of (presumably) wizened, skinny little poults, I ordered a fresh, organic, free-range bird from our … Continue reading

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Friday Fauna- garden-variety pairings*

Our front yard has lost its lawn, piece by piece, in favor of more and more flowers. We have become an arthropod haven and refueling station for every bee, butterfly and hummingbird in the neighborhood. Pollinators need a little sanctuary … Continue reading

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