Jack Greene

Sego Lillies

Jul 14, 2020


With pioneer Day’s a few weeks away, it’s time to honor a very special plant that saved many Utah pioneers.

 

A Look Into The World Of Dragonflies

Jun 16, 2020
Pixabay

A few days ago a friend invited me to join him on a dragonfly odyssey high on a ridge in a canyon east of Smithfield, Utah. What we observed can only be described as a natural phenomenon.

Evening Grosbeaks

May 11, 2020
George Gentry / US FWS

The stunningly beautiful evening grosbeaks are mystery birds that come pouring from the canyons to invade our urban areas on a daily cycle- an eruptive population here in Cache Valley. I always hear their loud chirp notes high above, often beyond sight. They alight in towering trees where they feed and converse with chirps and trills all the while. Highly social, evening grosbeaks are unlike their four solitary grosbeak cousins.

Nature Sings To Assuage Our COVID-19 Fears

Apr 17, 2020

 

 

Robins, house finch, and lesser goldfinch singing with gusto! Dippers on the stream blasting their melodious notes from watery perches on Summit Creek. An eastern bluejay bopps out to wish me good morning in a nearby Park, its rarity always a treat, instantly teleporting me back to earlier days in Michigan. Meadowlarks reveal their hearts in song in fields below as I work my way up a canyon ridge. A fox sparrow with ear shattering song competes for “America’s Got Talent”.

Eating Crow: The Gray Crown Rosy Finch

Mar 10, 2020
A gray crown rosy finch in the snow
Jack Binch

Eating the “humble crow”! Not literally- I hear they are rather tough and stringy. In my last reading titled “Wren Love”, I was confused by a flock of birds acting much like canyon wrens, but exhibiting a most unusual communal behavior. A later visit to the same ice covered cliff, only this time with optics, revealed them to be the gray crown rosy finch. I apologize for my carelessness!

As recompense, I must give this beautiful finch its due and to repay you, dear listener!

A Love Letter To Wrens

Feb 24, 2020
A picture of a Pacific Wren.
Eleanor Briccetti

 

 


 

With Valentine ’s Day imminent, I must profess my love for wrens.   

 

A recent snowshoe slog with friends in a nearby canyon brought us face to face with a glorious panel of 30-foot ice colonnades running down quartzite cliffs. We stood in awe of their crystalline beauty. Near the ice wall, small birds were flitting in and out of vertical crevices. I began counting- a dozen or more. 

Parker Hellstern

 

 

A mighty tree has fallen- but its seed has been cast far and wide through his great works. I speak of a frequent WAU contributor, educator, and conservationist. On January 3rd, 2020, Ron Hellstern left us for the great beyond. He was the personification of WAU. 

Climate Change And Birds on 'Wild About Utah'

Dec 12, 2019
Irene K-s / Pixabay

On December 14th, I will join several others for an exciting day of counting bird species and numbers in our lovely, snowy valley. The numbers will be entered on a database that will be shared globally.

Not All Birds Fly South For The Winter

Nov 25, 2019
PublicDomainImages / Pixaby

Most of our songbirds have taken their songs and headed south. Even robins and meadowlarks have ceased their lovely melodies that carried well into the fall months. But there are a few noteworthy choristers that have remained - Townsend solitaires and N. American dippers. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It was late evening at our third annual Utah Youth Environmental Summit at the Wasatch Mountain Lodge above Brighton Ski Resort. We were winding down the day when someone happened to look out the window which elicited a high volume shriek.

Efraimstochter / Pixabay

Yes, trees are the answer. But they owe their magnificence to a less-known life form that has long intrigued me. Long before trees overtook the land, earth was covered by giant mushrooms 24-feet tall and three feet wide. 

USDA Forest Service

Cache Valley and the Bear River Range that borders its eastern edge are anomalies - especially considering the abundance of water coursing through its canyons and valley bottom.

'Silence' on Wild About Utah

Jun 20, 2019
Mario Schulz / Pixabay

Silence is a rare commodity in the world we have created. Our senses are bombarded with all descriptions of sound to the point of sensory exhaustion. Likened to PTSD when violating a safe threshold, it may be time to find an escape.

'The Mighty, Mighty Herpers' on Wild About Utah

May 29, 2019
pxhere.com

Everywhere we go, people want to know, who we are, so we tell them- we are the herpers, the mighty, mighty herpers! Stumbling around the desert with fishing poles in hand. Hot, dry, no water within miles. A casual observer might question our sanity. But here’s the deal. We have full control over our mental faculty.

'The Gull' on Wild About Utah

Apr 19, 2019
WEYENBERGH

  "When it seemed that nothing could stay the devastation, great flocks of gulls appeared, filling the air with their white wings and plaintive cries, and settled down upon the half-ruined fields. All day long they gorged themselves, and when full, disgorged and feasted again, the white gulls upon the black crickets, hosts of heaven and hell contending, until the pests were vanquished and the people were saved." Orson F. Whitney, June 6th 1848. 

Clark’s Nutcracker on Wild About Utah

Jan 11, 2019
pixnio.com

Skiing a few miles into a lovely northern Utah canyon in frigid, single-digit temperatures I was startled by an abrasive sound rolling downslope from a thick cover of conifers. A Clark’s nutcracker! My spirits were warmed by several degrees.   

The Colorado Plateau on Wild About Utah

Nov 16, 2018
Jack Greene

Rivers and sandstone pretty much define the Colorado Plateau- perhaps my favorite landscape on our lovely planet. These past few weeks I’ve experienced some of its best in Dinosaur NM and Canyonlands NP with friends and students.

Our Winterless Winter on Wild About Utah

Feb 20, 2018
NOAA

Our winterless winter. I’ve been in this lovely valley over 30 years and have never experienced such a balmy January, and now February. The thaw began January first and never ended. As an avid cross country skier, I fear my days of low elevation skiing have ended over a month early.

PEHart via Visual hunt / CC BY-SA

Last Saturday 3 intrepid young families joined us for a morning with the Stokes Nature Center slipping and sliding along a canyon trail to discover animal and plant adaptations to survive the winter. 

Talking Dirt on Wild About Utah

Dec 1, 2017
sunnyvale.ca.gov

It’s time to talk dirt- and I’m not talking politics, but real, factual dirt! Of all our amazing planets ecosystems, there is one that rises above all others. It’s the one your home is standing on, the one you don’t want your kids to track in the house. By now you’ve probably guessed it!