Effects Of Climate Change On Wildfires Is Not Always Obvious, Immediate


Wildfire recently closed I-70 through Colorado for two weeks. It burned steep slopes above the highway, so future closures are likely due to rock fall and mudslides from climate change driven storms.

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White House moves ahead with Ryan Maue, meteorologist and critic of dire climate predictions, for NOAA chief scientist ~ The Washington Post

He has pointed out flaws in the National Weather Service’s computer modeling efforts.

This GOES-16 satellite image taken Friday shows Hurricane Teddy, center, in the Atlantic; Tropical Depression 22, left, in the Gulf of Mexico; the remnants of Paulette, top right; and Tropical Storm Wilfred, lower right. (NOAA/AP)

I Have Seen Them Before











I have seen them before,
while driving home at night
up the river road.
Wet paw prints
That have climbed
up the bank
out of the river.
Walking along the road
until they dry
and disappear.
Why do you cross at the same spot ?
Where are you going ?
Are you hungry this autumn ?
No need to apologize.

b.w. arndt



Q&A with Bernie Arndt PHOTOGRAPHER 

Dec. 18, 2017

Bernie Arndt’s perspective toward photography has changed since his college days, where he studied painting, photography and printmaking at the University of Colorado. After his 1981 arrival in Aspen, Arndt’s worn many hats for the Aspen Skiing Co., but has always tried to incorporate photography into his life – during the winters he’s now their on-mountain resident videographer. But outside of the 9-5 job, Arndt is transforming his images from the landscapes and sports shots for which Aspen is so well known, to “engaging more of a specific and philosophical or political point of view,” he says.

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Briefly describe your work: Up until this point, I’ve been doing the traditional Aspen genre of sports and landscapes, but I’ve been feeling a need to get with something more substantial. That involves with dealing with the human figure. I’m looking at more formal concerns of photography as an art form, such as type on the print as a new direction.

Memorable moment as a photographer: Art school in the late ’60s. It was a fabulous time to be studying art, and an expansive and inquisitive time. People were so relaxed and open, and I find the younger generation very prudish, they’re just too uptight.

Who or what inspires you: Ralph Gibson, he’s a wacky person, and he’s been a strong influence. Diane Arbus, and I’m just becoming more familiar with Francesca Woodman.

Current and upcoming projects: Aspen Chapel Gallery’s exhibit called “Flashes of Light,” running through July 15. Besides that, I’m continuing to push the figures in photography and the type. F*#! landscapes.

First exhibit: When you go to art school, your stuff is on display all the time. I don’t remember specifically; it’s important for students to exhibit their work. You’ve got to get it out there. You’ve got to complete the trilogy: inspiration, creating and exhibiting. 

What do you think about the valley’s photography/art scene? It’s unfortunately unsophisticated. We’re not getting the energy we need to advance, and we’re stuck in too much travel photography, sports and landscape stuff. Aspen has a tremendous heritage as a creative center. We’ve lost that. It’s commercial.There are very few suitable venues for showing photography. Trying to get a gallery to host a photography show is difficult; unfortunately we end up with restaurant, bank lobbies and church dayrooms. One of my favorite places to exhibit was at the Woody Creek Store, and it’s undergoing renovation so hopefully that will be open to photography when they reopen in the fall.

Lauren Boebert discusses, defends her backstory during Durango visit ~ The Colorado Sun

“I wish more members of Congress had the life experiences that I’ve had,” she said. “I’m living the American dream. I came up from welfare, standing in line waiting for government cheese, to now running for Congress.”

By Patrick Armijo, The Durango Herald

Mexican farmers occupy dam to stop water payments to the United States ~ The Washington Post

Mexican farmers protest water shipments owed to U.S.

Two major Antarctic glaciers are tearing loose from their restraints, scientists say ~ The Washington Post

Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers already contribute 5 percent of sea-level rise.

Enormous curved crevasses near the Pine Island Glacier shear margin. (Brooke Medley/NASA)

‘Hundreds of thousands, if not millions’: New Mexico sees massive migratory bird deaths ~ Las Cruses SUN NEWS



LAS CRUCES – Biologists from New Mexico State University and White Sands Missile Range examined nearly 300 dead migratory birds Saturday at Knox Hall on the university’s main campus.

Over the past few weeks, various species of migratory birds are dying in “unprecedented” numbers of unknown causes, reported Martha Desmond, a professor at NMSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology.

“It is terribly frightening,” Desmond said. “We’ve never seen anything like this. … We’re losing probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of migratory birds.”

In August, large numbers of birds were found dead at White Sands Missile Range and at the White Sands National Monument in what was thought to be an isolated incident, Desmond said.

After that, however, came reports of birds behaving strangely and dying in numerous locations in Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell, Socorro and other locations statewide.

The affected birds have included warblers, sparrows, swallows, blackbirds, flycatchers, and the western wood pewee.

“A number of these species are already in trouble,” Desmond said. “They are already experiencing huge population declines and then to have a traumatic event like this is – it’s devastating.”

On Saturday, Desmond was joined by Trish Cutler, a wildlife biologist at WSMR, and two NMSU students for an initial evaluation of the carcasses.

Desmond said her team also began catching and evaluating living specimens on Friday as residents find birds behaving strangely and gathering in large groups before dying.

A variety of dead migratory birds collected from White Sands Missile Range and sites in Doña Ana County, N.M. were examined by researchers at Knox Hall at New Mexico State University prior to being sent for necropsy on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.

“People have been reporting that the birds look sleepy … they’re just really lethargic,” Cutler said. “One thing we’re not seeing is our resident birds mixed in with these dead birds. We have resident birds that live here, some of them migrate and some of them don’t, but we’re not getting birds like roadrunners or quail or doves.”

On the other hand, numerous migratory species are dying rapidly and it is not immediately clear why, although the cause appears to be recent. Desmond said the birds had moulted, replacing their feathers in preparation for their flight south, “and you have to be healthy to do that; but somewhere after that, as they initiated their migratory route, they got in trouble.”