Northern Shrike, Harney Basin, Oregon

Shrikes


WC is a little cranky. Too much current news, most likely. So WC is dealing with it by being just a little gruesome. WC thinks shrikes get a bad rap. North America boasts three species of shrikes: Northern, Loggerhead and Brown, although only first two breed here. World-wide there are thirty or so members of…

Bernd Heinrich at Boise State University, April 17, 2019

Some Time with Bernd Heinrich


Bernd Heinrich is a highly regarded biologist. The Birds of North America note on Common Ravens cites to him an amazing eighteen times. He’s now an emeritus professor at the University of Vermont and, at 80 years old, still runs ultra marathons. He’s also the author of some twenty popularizations, of wildly uneven quality. Here’s…

Cumulative Snowpack at March 5, as Function of Long-term Average

Some Good News: The West Has a Lot of Snow


WC has been writing about mostly bad news: spineless mayors, salmon-threatening foolishness, sexual perverts enabled by those who were supposed to be on guard; deforestation. It’s time for a bit of good news. In the West, especially the Intermountain West where WC lives, it’s all about water. This place is a desert, and an adequate…