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What the White Buffalo Calf tells us about Indigenous history

May 11, 2023

Native Americans have been associated with bison in North America for more than 15,000 years.

sage

Sagebrush has an arsenal of defenses for an army of herbivores

March 15, 2023

That potent aroma prized by humans serves many functions for the plant.

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Mormon tea has no flowers or leaves but lots of history

March 3, 2023

Mormons used the plant to make a caffeine-free hot drink, and Native Americans used it to relieve congestion.

big shroom

On the trail of big, ugly mushrooms

Feb. 7, 2023

Aspen boletes build physical connections for mutualistic exchanges with quaking aspen.

Wood Nymph on a leaf.

Common wood nymphs have sensory surprises

Jan. 17, 2023

The common wood nymph tastes with its feet and hears with its wings.

A beautiful male swallowtail butterfly.

The Darwin Award goes to a male black swallowtail butterfly

Jan. 5, 2023

The beautiful male emerged in October, eager to mate but destined for disappointment because he emerged too late in the season, just an example of natural selection at work I received an invitation to photograph a black swallowtail butterfly that had just emerged. It would linger only a short while...

aspen

Mysterious lumps and swollen bands on aspen

Dec. 9, 2022

One puzzle leads to another question, as yet unanswered, about the cause.

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Beavers have become established in Boulder Canyon

Nov. 23, 2022

Beavers may appear to be one of the most sedentary of species, living in a secure den or lodge in a pond with all of their food within a short waddle, but now, in Boulder Canyon and in Alaska, it is evident that they are on the move.

temple sun

Saltbush evolved to filter dust from wind to form mounds

Sept. 28, 2022

The wind that sculpts the stones also conspires with plants to transform a valley floor to a landscape of mounds with embedded plants.

fitweed

Fitweed nectar attracts pollinators and nectar robbers

Sept. 14, 2022

Surprisingly, the robbers might have little to no effect on fitweed and might even benefit the plant.

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