Following along the San Andreas Fault, California State Highway 111 winds around the eastern shore of Salton Sea which occupies the Salton Basin, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla. Lying 228 feet below sea level, Salton Sea is an inland saline lake in the Sonoran Desert of extreme southeastern California. It is bordered on the [...]
Florida has long been a haven for those seeking relief from the cold days of a northern winter. Most visitors are eager to trade in their snow shovels for waving palm trees and long walks on sun-kissed beaches. Arriving Easter Week, the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, stepped ashore, liked what he saw and [...]
The Wildlife Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has shifted management of the Caprock Canyons State Park bison herd to TPWD’s State Parks Division. With the shift the grazing range of the official Texas State Bison Herd will be expanded from a half-section enclosure to eventually the entire state park and thus increasing viewing [...]
Five species of snakes breed in Manitoba. The red-sided garter snake has the largest range, is the most abundant and is the only species known to occupy large communal dens. Den sites include tree roots, shale cliffs, rock piles, sewers, foundations, animal burrows, rocky outcrops, and sinkholes. Dens contain from a few to over 10,000 [...]
My appreciation for birds really began with a trip to Costa Rica some years ago, where our tour group tallied 102 bird sightings in 10 days. That qualifies as a success. We trekked through mud and rain. We got up especially early and went out late, to see what Mother Nature had to show us. Who needs an alarm clock when the howler monkeys wake you daily at 5 a.m.? The highlight, at least among the birds, was seeing a quetzal, whose iridescent green feathers were coveted by the ancient Mayans. They did not harm this rare jungle creature, oh no – harming a quetzal was considered a capital crime, and his tail plumage was more precious than gold. I think they had the right idea.