BIRDS AND BEYOND

Where our winter birds go

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
By Claire Curry

This past month I had the opportunity to visit Ontario, Canada. I spent five days exploring Algonquin Provincial Park.

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What’s happening in the summer heat

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
By Claire Curry

It's so hot now it seems like a good time of year to just sit in the shade with a glass of cold lemonade.

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Caterpillars are everywhere

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
By Claire Curry

Although we certainly could use more rain around here, we're far wetter than last year. This increased rain has been reflected in the plants and the animals that eat them, including caterpillars.

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Birding the rolling plains

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By Claire Curry

In mid-March I took a birding trip around Texas, inland in the Rolling Plains ecoregion with two of my friends.

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A trip to the Texas coast

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
By Claire Curry

In mid-March, we went to the Texas coast to see what kind of birds we could find at a famous national wildlife refuge - Anahuac NWR. Anahuac is located south of Winnie, about an hour east of Houston.

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Irruption species

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
By Claire Curry

You may have seen on the local or national news that this is a big year for Snowy Owls.

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A winter walk in the Grasslands

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Claire Curry

A few weeks ago Mom and I decided to go for a hike on the LBJ National Grasslands. It was one of those clear, bright days that seems like it should be warm but it's not.

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Why rare birds are rare

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
By Claire Curry

Have you ever wondered where our summer birds go in the winter?

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Laying out the welcome mat

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
By Claire Curry

As it gets cooler, birds will start coming into our yards if we are offering food and shelter.

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Transition Time

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
By Claire Curry

Fall keeps chipping away at the hot, dry remainders of summer. It's time to look both for the signs of the changing season.

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Look for fall migration

Thursday, September 22, 2011
By Claire Curry

With the seemingly unending heat finally coming to an end, it's time to look out for birds migrating south again.

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A guide to guides and other books

Thursday, July 28, 2011
By Claire Curry

The heat is oppressive right now. It's a great time of year to sit in the shade and read books!

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The season for snakes

Thursday, June 23, 2011
By Claire Curry

Last time in the column I talked about watching titmice at Abilene State Park.

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The little things

Thursday, May 19, 2011
By Claire Curry

I was going to write about snakes this month, but I'm camping and got distracted.

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Why live there?

Thursday, April 7, 2011
By Claire Curry

Why do you find some plants and animals in one place and not another, while others seem to be everywhere? It depends on the needs and competitors of the creature or plant in question.

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Tips on feeding birds

Thursday, February 3, 2011
By Claire Curry

Many types of seed occupy the bird-feeding shelves in stores. If you want to start feeding birds, or scale up your current endeavors, how should you start?

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DNA tells us who’s who

Thursday, January 6, 2011
By Claire Curry

Last month we went far afield from our usual discussions of bird habits and identification and talked about what makes a bird. I'd like to continue this month by telling you more about DNA.

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How to make a chicken

Thursday, November 18, 2010
By Claire Curry

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

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Last fall trees

Thursday, October 21, 2010
By Claire Curry

For the last two months I've been going over our common trees. We've now covered oaks, hackberry, mesquite, honeylocust, willow, cottonwood and persimmon.

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More trees of Wise

Thursday, September 23, 2010
By Claire Curry

Last month I went over some of our common trees, mostly oaks and the hackberry. I'm going to cover a few more this month.

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