Items by Marian Lyman Kirst
Up-close portraits of jumping spiders, beetles, Mormon crickets and other creepy-crawlies essential to our ecosystems.
Biologists and federal officials hope to direct booming oil, gas and wind development away from the rare reptile in southwest Wyoming and northwest Colorado
In the dam-locked Upper Missouri, scientists search for signs that the ancient species hasn't reached the end of its line.
Move over, Elvis impersonators, and step aside, blackjack. Machine gun rentals just may be the next big entertainment fix in Sin City.
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.
Forests ravaged by fires and beetles are unlikely havens for certain species, including the rare black-backed woodpecker.
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.
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.
So-called "grass-roots" opposition to wind may be centrally organized by powerful conservative think tanks and funded by oil and gas
The intrepid scientific grunts behind the Plate Boundary Observatory roam the West keeping tabs on weird-looking far-flung GPS stations.
Hunting tag auctions may get too pricey for a lot of Western hunters, but they also raise significant money for conservation projects.
In the face of the West's energy rush, a nascent reptile conservation group focuses on a little-known western viper.
The Xerces society has long championed the rights of inverterbrates, who provide key ecosystem functions
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.
- Ed Morrow on After years of drought and overuse, the San Luis Valley aquifer refills
- Jake Sigg on Mapping the large-scale loss of natural areas in the West
- L Strader on Trial by fire
- ivonne cassaigne on The tenuous fate of the Southwest’s last jaguars
- william glasgow on Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans