Items by Marian Lyman Kirst

BLM teams with researchers to protect midget faded rattlesnake
BLM teams with researchers to protect midget faded rattlesnake
Biologists and federal officials hope to direct booming oil, gas and wind development away from the rare reptile in southwest Wyoming and northwest Colorado
Two legs good, eight legs fascinating
Two legs good, eight legs fascinating
The author learned to love the spiders she used to kill.
Can pallid sturgeon hang on in the overworked Missouri River?
Can pallid sturgeon hang on in the overworked Missouri River?
In the dam-locked Upper Missouri, scientists search for signs that the ancient species hasn't reached the end of its line.
Pallid's PR problem
Pallid's PR problem
Why don't pallid sturgeon get more love?
Even pests have a purpose
Even pests have a purpose
We should celebrate the recovery of the California condor, but raise a glass for a lost louse.
Shooting at The Gun Store in Las Vegas
Shooting at The Gun Store in Las Vegas
Move over, Elvis impersonators, and step aside, blackjack. Machine gun rentals just may be the next big entertainment fix in Sin City.
Surveying the oft-snubbed (and very cool) spider with citizen scientists
Surveying the oft-snubbed (and very cool) spider with citizen scientists
Volunteers at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's Colorado Spider Survey help scientists gather important data by roaming nooks and crannies across the state, finding and cataloguing Colorado's myriad spiders.
Temporal shift
A changing climate forces glacier lilies and hummingbirds to fall out of step
The power and plight of the parasite
The California condor's rebound reminds us that no creature is an island
Dead trees, biodiversity, and the black-backed woodpecker
Dead trees, biodiversity, and the black-backed woodpecker
Forests ravaged by fires and beetles are unlikely havens for certain species, including the rare black-backed woodpecker.
Recycling diesel emissions for farm fertilizer?
Recycling diesel emissions for farm fertilizer?
Canadian farmer Gary Lewis, fed up with the failures of synthetic fertilizer, has invented a system called Bio-Agtive Emissions Technology, a tractor add-on that recycles diesel emissions into fertilizer.
Don't bury her deep in the cold, cold ground
Don't bury her deep in the cold, cold ground
A writer’s mother -- like an increasing number of Westerners -- is pretty determined that when her time comes, she wants to go down in flames, via cremation.
From gust to gale
So-called "grass-roots" opposition to wind may be centrally organized by powerful conservative think tanks and funded by oil and gas
A towering problem
North America's communication towers rack up 7 million bird deaths a year, a new study reports
Braving landfills, dodging avalanches, all for the sake of geoscience
Braving landfills, dodging avalanches, all for the sake of geoscience
The intrepid scientific grunts behind the Plate Boundary Observatory roam the West keeping tabs on weird-looking far-flung GPS stations.
Predator aversion
Recent headlines highlight the West's aversion to the wolf -- a symbolic and polarizing predator
Big game tag auctions raise big bucks for Western states
Big game tag auctions raise big bucks for Western states
Hunting tag auctions may get too pricey for a lot of Western hunters, but they also raise significant money for conservation projects.
Snakes on a plain
In the face of the West's energy rush, a nascent reptile conservation group focuses on a little-known western viper.
Carrots for conservation
Incentive-based, voluntary conservation agreements help imperiled species in New Mexico
All dogs great and small
Why the myth of the robust western mountain dog is bunk
Going down in flames
Going down in flames
Today, the mountain and Pacific states have the highest collective cremation rates in the U.S.
Words are wind
In Idaho, anti-wind advocates build buzz with billboards
Insects -- the neglected 99 percent
The Xerces society has long championed the rights of inverterbrates, who provide key ecosystem functions
The year in environmental news
Vermont Law School's top ten, and how they relate to the West
Friday News Roundup: Nuclear uncertainty
After Fukushima, American nuclear soldiers on, slowly
Home on the range
Home on the range
In one Montana family, it's a father-daughter Thanksgiving tradition to do things like build makeshift ramps to help trapped wild animals escape from stock tanks.
Travel planning theatrics
Quiet users lose out in a debate over a Colorado land swap
Making memories, one stock tank at a time
An animal-rescuing Thanksgiving day outing with my father
Daniel Marlos shares his knowledge and love of the insect world
Daniel Marlos shares his knowledge and love of the insect world
In Los Angeles, self-trained entomologist Daniel Marlos helps others learn about the crawly things he loves through his website: What's That Bug?
A Flood of Fault
Shakeout from Missouri River flooding includes predictable blame game