Nature-Conservation News (Animals, Climate, Humans)

Nature-Conservation News (Animals, Climate, Humans)

Blogging the Nature Conservation News For two years, I’ve blogged about nature conservation and my EcoSciFi work. I’ve written original articles about invasive plants and Arizona wildlife, and I’ve added almost 500 comments to news reports. My busiest day was 22 blog posts and 4,600 visitors. Finding interesting news items, formatting posts, and adding comments is absorbing work, but it leaves no…

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Corr Syl the Warrior just won the 2014 BIB, an international award for Independent publishers.

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BIB Award

Corr Syl the Warrior

Wycliff District

BIB Reviews:

“An intriguing story for all ages that both delights and informs.”
-The Jelly Bomb Review-
“Take an adventure with a warrior rabbit who works hard to bring
harmony to his habitat.  A fun read that presents a meaningful
message.” -Best Indie Books-

Other Awards for Corr Syl:

Arizona State Library 2014 OneBookAZ Teen Literature.

Kirkus Star. “A beautifully written novel that will captivate sci-fi fans of all ages.”  Kirkus reviews (starred review). –June, 2013.

Kirkus Reviews.  Best Indie Books of 2013.

New Mexico–Arizona Book Awards.–2013

Arizona Authors’ 2013 Published Fiction Literary Awards.

Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite, 2013


Amazon:  14 reviews, average 4.14 stars.

Barnes & Noble:  5 reviews, average 5 stars.

International Book Award for Corr Syl Corr Syl the Warrior just won the 2014 bibby, an international award for Independent publishers. BIB Reviews:

Coldwater Farm Update for Spring 2014

This morning I saw the first Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) of the year.  It was flying alone and did not stop to let me take a photo.  Conservation status uncertain.

This week two Sonora Mud Turtles (Kinosternon sonoriense) began sunning on a small branch in my pond.  I thought I saw these turtles in the pond several years ago, but only this year have I had a chance to take photos.  Conservation status=S4, Apparently secure, possible long-term concern (Arizona Game and Fish Department–AZGFD).

In March, a pair of Common Black hawks (Buteogallus anthracinus) reoccupied their nest in a Cottonwood tree by the river.  Now I get a whistled scolding when I go down to feed the nesting ducks.  Conservation status=S3, Vulnerable (AZGFD).


For their 16th year, the Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) have occupied the tall tree on the edge of the Cow pasture, and two others have occupied the old nest on Green Gulch.  I will have to watch my Gopher population closely.  Conservation status=S5, secure (AZGFD).

Summer Tanagers (Piranga rubra) appeared yesterday.  It seems too early, but here they are.  Conservation status=S4, Apparently secure, possible long-term concern (AZGFD).

Four Mule Deer (two doe and two yearlings) (Odocoileus hemionus) have been browsing around the house.  One of the yearlings might be the one born here last year.  Conservation status=S5, secure (AZGFD).

Mule Deer Mother and Daughter at Coldwater Farm (Garry Rogers April, 2014)

Yearling Doe

Yearling Buck

Mom Coldwater Farm Wildlife Update Coldwater Farm Update for Spring 2014 This morning I saw the first Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus…
Advocating Nature Conservation With Fiction

Advocating Nature Conservation With Fiction

Nature Conservation Novel

A reader of my novel, Corr Syl the Warrior, emailed a review today that I decided to share.  The novel is my first attempt to use fiction to promote nature conservation.  Arizona librarians chose it as Arizona’s 2014 contribution to the One-Book-One-Community program.  This month, April–2014, you may down the eBook free from

Review of Corr Syl, April 4,…

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Death Beneath the Pavement

Death Beneath the Pavement

Death Lies Beneath the Pavement

Entombing the life of the soil.

Beneath the pavement of the street and the concrete of the sidewalk lie the corpses of tiny creatures by millions entombed unknown and unremembered.

“When you thrust a shovel into the soil or tear off a piece of coral, you are, godlike, cutting through an entire world. You have crossed a hidden frontier known to very few. Immediately…

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