Wind, wind, and more wind, plus a little rain, some snow flurries, and the temps will be going down by 10 or 10 degrees. I'm always amazed how the birds seem to deal with it. This morning, even with the birdbath water frozen, the sugar-water in the hummer feeder hadn't frozen, and there were 3 of them fighting for position. The pair of Towhees that were the only ones here all winter have been joined by Western Bluebirds, Dusky Flycatchers, California Quail, Morning Doves, Purple Finches, White-crowned and other Sparrows, so I am putting out lots of seed and fresh water every day. Last year was a dry one, so they need all the help they can get.
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.