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  • Bird of the Month: November 2014

    By Micah Riegner Wander through the creeks of Prescott in the fall and winter and, with luck, you might find a Pacific Wren skulking through the dense streamside vegetation. Often, these diminutive mouse-like birds are tricky to see.  But if you’re still and patient, they’ll come quite close and grant incredibly rewarding views. Pacific Wrens favor creeks and shaded canyons in closed conifer forests where they skulk among fallen logs, cattails, root tangles, and brush piles. They primarily feed on insects and spiders, but occasionally eat earthworms. They are resident throughout the Northwest, but in the winter a few trickle down into the canyons of Arizona. It’s hard to believe that a bird that spends the majority of its life hopping through dead leaves and whose wingspan is scarcely 5.5 inches can migrate any significant distance, but every winter, several show up in the Prescott area. Check for them behind the Watson Lake and Willow Lake dams, around Granite Basin Lake, and along the creeks in the Bradshaws. In 2010, ornithologists who work on taxonomy (the study of classification — in this case birds) split the Pacific Wren from the Winter Wren based on genetic, vocal, and plumage differences. The Pacific Wren is found west of the Rockies, and the Winter Wren extends to the east. Pacific Wrens differ from Winter Wrens by their darker, richer brown plumage on the

  • There’s no time like the present … except for maybe 100 years ago, and maybe 50, too

    Dec 29, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney By now, you’re probably sick of holidays and those inevitable (and inevitably redundant and/or boring) “Year in Review” and “Top Stories of the Year” articles. Don’t pretend you’ve kept up with the papers. You’ve probably started the New Year with a stack of old news that would make the Collyer brothers balk. Instead of recapping recent events, let’s look toward the future … by looking back a century and half-century. Here’s a highly partial, by-no-means complete list of famous, infamous, or otherwise noteworthy 100-year and 50-year anniversaries to ponder in 2018. (And for Alert Readers, yes, this is a nearly identical intro to a similarly themed piece that’s run the past few years in 5enses. Was it any less effective?) 15 things that happened in 1918 • Jan. 8, 1918: Woodrow Wilson delivers his “Fourteen Points” speech outlining the principles of peace to be used for negotiations to end World War I. • January, 1918: Spanish flu, i.e. influenza (specifically H1N1), is observed in Kansas, kicking off the 1918 flu pandemic in the U.S. Worldwide, the influenza pandemic infects 500 million people resulting 50 million-100 million deaths, then three to five percent of the world’s population. In the U.S., alone, life expectancy dropped by a dozen years as a result. • Feb. 6, 1918: The “Representation of the People Act” gives most women over the age of

  • News From the Wilds: March 2016

    Mar 4, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris March is an alluring but ultimately deceptive month in the Mogollon Highlands. Glorious sunny days abound, glittering with butterflies and migrant songbirds, and highlighted with the earliest wildflowers and luminescent leaves. But March is also one of our wettest months of the year, and most of that moisture comes in the form of snow. Large storm systems over the Pacific Ocean throw off snow storms that sweep into our area from the north, dropping anywhere from inches to feet of snow, and bringing us firmly back into winter. Because of its trickster nature, March one of the more dangerous times for the creatures in the wilds. Many mammals are bearing young now, some insects are emerging from creeks and pupae as winged adults, and birds are making nests or migrating back into the area from the tropics. The dramatic cold snaps can therefore cause many of these species severe temperature and food stress, and sometimes lead to their deaths. In spite of the warm temperatures and sunny days, most of the native plants of the Highlands, with the exception of the wind-pollinated trees, refrain from growing and flowering. They’ll wait until the days are reliably warm and frost-free — each species determining this through a unique combination of day-length, soil temperature, the number of accumulated days of cold, and other cues. Non-native plants, such as fruit trees

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