Single Parenting and Black-chinned Hummingbirds

Single parenting and black-chinned hummingbirds. Archilochus alexandri. Mesmerized by his moves, she watched from a branch as he ascended 100 feet above her, plunged earthward, and then moved quickly from side-to-side in a U-shaped pattern. The sun caught his shimmering green crown, back, and sides and the iridescent purple strip at the base of his …

Tuning In To Bird Radio

Tuning In to Bird Radio Up early with those first-to-sing robins, warbling their “cheerio-cheerup” phrase, I gathered my gear, including strong black coffee, and headed to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, a dozen miles from home. How lucky I am to live so close to this public land, southwest of Spokane. As one of about seven …

Bone Stories

I think about bones routinely. Bones are essential and exquisite. They tell our stories and give clues to our pasts. They form and strengthen us and provide surfaces for muscle attachment. Bones reveal our health, age, and gender. They chronical past trauma and separate us from other genera and species. Bones also color our language …

Christmas List from Wildlife Refuge Manager

Dear Santa: Many people make Christmas wish lists that include a world of desires. Christmas lists from my past often included the latest doll. One year I knew I was getting a Chatty Cathy™ because my parents and their friends played with it while I secretly watched from the stairwell. I heard Cathy say, “Let’s …