Pollinators congregate as nectar and pollen dwindle

Oct. 5, 2018

When I arrived at the campground at Deep Lake, I was stunned and disappointed. Instead of meadows bright with flowers, I saw one healthy aster and a paltry, diffuse population of spent flowers.


Snowpack is boon for subalpine larkspurs

Sept. 6, 2018

These are large plants with towers, or racemes, of deep blue to purple flowers that reach heights of 6 feet. They are most spectacular when they grow intermixed with cow parsnip and loveroot.


Living in African cave to study flower pollinated by hummingbird-like fly

Aug. 2, 2018

there we were, three Americans standing near South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains, where Barton, I learned, was studying how it was that a flower pollinated by a fly that looks like a hummingbird evolved — and may still be evolving.


Elaborate elephant's heads flowers require buzz pollination

July 26, 2018

Elephant's heads are found in subalpine and alpine habitats in western mountains from New Mexico to Alaska and throughout Canada, except for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

Photograph of the alpine and some researchers.

Diversity begets diversity in the alpine

July 19, 2018

As plant communities become more diverse and complex in the high alpine, so to do soil microorganisms, according to a new CU Boulder study.

Woman presenting at a TED talk

“Cheers to Science” begins this week

July 17, 2018

Scientists are bringing the "science" to "science communication" at "Cheers to Science," a new monthly event beginning this week.


Wildfires generate their own weather

July 13, 2018

A wildfire's heat and rising plumes of air cause it to create its own weather, and now we appreciate that the big wildfires send aerosols — both particulates and gases — all the way around the world.

Flickr photo of some wind turbines

Drawdown, Act Up! To Bring Environmental Fun to the Masses

July 9, 2018

How to deal with environmental issues is a difficult discussion, but one group at the University of Colorado Boulder is hoping to bring it to the general public this week through skits and interactive games.

Checkered beetle

Ornate checkered beetles eat bees and pollen

June 28, 2018

Ornate checkered beetles are bright, conspicuous and tolerant of humans, so they are easily found and fun to watch.


Smoke season is replacing the monsoon season

June 13, 2018

My trip was to be three nights long, combining camping and photography, and I longed for clear air and skies for photography of the Milky Way. But I was beleaguered by smoke. I started at the Railroad Bridge Campground on the Arkansas River near Buena Vista, but as night approached...