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Thursday, July 2, 2015

‘Our Natural World’ Archives

Colorado’s Natural Fireworks—Volcanoes

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Recently, fireworks have been heard around town, but they were nothing compared with Colorado’s natural fireworks -- volcanoes. Volcanoes in Colorado? Yes! Well, not recently, but definitely in the geological past. The most recent volcanic eruption in Colorado took place about 4,200 years ago near the present day town of Dotsero, by the confluence of the Colorado and Eagle Rivers, in the north-central part of the state. Interstate 70 cuts across the ... Full Story

Colorado’s Botanical Symbols

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder The State of Colorado has three official botanical symbols: the State Flower, the State Tree, and the State Grass. Probably you can name the first two, but who knew we also have a State Grass? The State Flower is the white and lavender columbine, also called the Colorado columbine. Its scientific name is Aquilegia caerulea, and it belongs to the Ranunculaceae (buttercup family). Its distinguishing feature is a flower with a cluster of five ... Full Story

Our Natural World: I Need a Drink!

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder That is what the trees and shrubs in your yard probably are saying right now. March was supposed to be our snowiest month, but despite the recent spring snowstorms, we are still behind in precipitation. Water has long been a topic of critical interest in Colorado, and the low amounts of snow or rain so far this year make it even more pressing for local homeowners and gardeners. Here in Berthoud, our municipal water supply comes from the Western Slope (where ... Full Story

Our Natural World: Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Feb. 12, 2009, was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the English naturalist whose most famous publication, “On the Origin of Species,” revolutionized the sciences of biology and paleontology. It was first published in 1859, so this year is the 150th anniversary of that landmark book. Its full title is “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.” In it, ... Full Story

Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin

Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Feb. 12, 2009, was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the English naturalist whose most famous publication, “On the Origin of Species,” revolutionized the sciences of biology and paleontology. It was first published in 1859, so this year is the 150th anniversary of that landmark book. Its full title is “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation ... Full Story

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