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Vegas Dove Thumb

In The Constant Gaze Of The Mourning Dove

Nature thrives in Las Vegas

There is a palpable demand in my Las Vegas backyard. A flock of doves, vigilant, awaits fresh seed in the feeder. Perched in the hundred-year-old olive tree, they look like creamy puffballs, an occasional beak preening a wing feather or rubbing a cushiony breast. Nine today. I count them from …more In The Constant Gaze Of The Mourning Dove

Las Vegas Wetlands Park Nature Preserve

Grunting My Way To Realization

The Las Vegas Wetlands Park Nature Preserve really exists

It was the grunt of the Great Blue Heron that did it. Taking small, gawky steps, it surveyed the edge of the island, its Pompadour headdress elegant but slightly deflated, like a second-hand evening gown. Through the binoculars, it looked back at me—”glare” would not be too strong a word—and …more Grunting My Way To Realization

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve

Viewing The Mojave In A Petri Dish

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve blooms in the heart of the city

Lift your eyes from the Vegas Strip and behold the Mojave Desert: it wraps Sin City in a cowl of austerity, emanates from empty lots downtown, etches the edge of the suburbs with Zen-like clarity. It thrums beneath our feet. But most visitors to Las Vegas never venture into the …more Viewing The Mojave In A Petri Dish