Tag Archives: New Mexico

Looking for Spotted Owls

“You can’t always get what you want…” “I heard that there two Spotted Owls are being seen in New Mexico. I’m going to go look for them—do you want to come? How soon can you leave?” My friend Susan (left) … Continue reading

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Like Dragonflies? Visit Bitter Lake NWR!

I had never encountered so many dragonflies, both in sheer numbers and incredible variety. Birders speak of “hotspots”—places where birds tend to congregate. Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, just outside of Roswell in southeastern New Mexico, is clearly a dragonfly … Continue reading

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Carlsbad: Beyond the Cave

Rattlesnake Springs is an oasis in the middle of the desert. Located 27 miles south of Carlsbad, New Mexico, it’s owned by the Nature Conservancy. You can take in the entire place in one glance—a small pond surrounded by mowed … Continue reading

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To See a Cave Swallow

When you want to see a Cave Swallow, the logical thing to do is head for a cave. Since I wanted to see a Cave Swallow very much, we decided to visit the granddaddy of all caves, Carlsbad Caverns National … Continue reading

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Bosque Birding, Part 2

(Be sure to see Bosque Birding, Part 1.) It was pitch black, and our motel room was uncomfortably cold, despite the noisy heater that had run all night. I groped my way out of bed, half asleep but excited about … Continue reading

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Bosque Birding, Part 1

Question: I’m a birder and nature photographer living in Colorado, with a limited budget for travel. Where can I go for fun and photos at this time of year? Answer: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge! Just a day’s drive … Continue reading

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A Garden Catalog for Colorado

Last week I was complaining about catalogs full of tempting, desirable plants that simply will not grow here in Colorado. Today I want to introduce you to a catalog full of tempting, desirable plants that love it here. Most experienced … Continue reading

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