The Black Range Naturalist

The Black Range Naturalist is a periodic newsletter on the natural history of the Black Range.  It is written by people who live in and/or work in the Black Range.  It is archived on this page at the same time that it is distributed via email.  If you would like to be added to the email distribution list please let know.

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The Black Range Naturalist, Volume 2, Number 2, April 3, 2019 (this file is 29.6 MB in size, see the compressed version below, for a much smaller file).  Cindy Yarmal opens this issue with a personal account of being struck by a rattlesnake.  That is followed by bits on rattlesnake venom, the cost of anti-venom, and neurotoxic venom.  Catherine Wanek recounts her experiences with the Coatis found at the Black Range Lodge this past year.  That, in turn, is followed by a discussion of the range of the White-nosed Coati and speculation about whether it is expanding (into the Black Range more extensively) or not.  The BNR interview with Lloyd Barr discusses his friendship with Carl Woese.  More work is being done on the Northern Cardinal and specifically the Sonoran Cardinal found here, recent findings are discussed next.  Ned and Gigi describe their 2018 Hummingbird banding season in the article which follows that.  A series of articles about plant species of concern in the Black Range comes next - extracts from her report on that topic by Daniela Roth, species summaries of two of those species by Bob Barnes, and a description of a new online tool for researching such topics rounds out the set.  Next in line, Steve Elam shares some personal experience with a Peregrine Falcon chick and Russ Bowen provides an assessment of Hillsboro precipitation records over the last 59 years.  Don Precoda provides another article about his life as a fire lookout on Hillsboro Peak; Walt Whitford discusses some of the ants of the area and, in particular harvester ants; and Randy Gray closes this issue with a piece on Whiptail lizards.  Some of the references used in this issue are: Some hitherto undescribed plants from New Mexico; and Ninety Years After Greene.  Compressed version of this issue, suitable for emailing, 2.8 MB in size.

The Black Range Naturalist, Volume 2, Number 1,  January 3, 2019 (this file is 47.3 MB in size, see the compressed version below, for a much smaller file) - In this issue we: Explore the history of fire in the Black Range with Larry Cosper, the former District Ranger for the Black Range Ranger District; consider hummingbird banding with Ned and Gigi Batchelder, who have conducted their hummingbird banding research throughout the American west; revisit  Stephen Siegfried’s review of Aldo Leopold’s life; review the Horned Lizard species of the Black Range with Randall Gray; watch Black-chinned Hummingbird nesting behavior with Bob Barnes and consider the bird species frequency data that he and Rebecca Hallgarth have gathered; consider plants and cold weather with Nichole Trushell; and explore the intersection of natural history and art with Inga McCord.  Wildfire Impacts on Species of Concern Plants In the Gila National Forest, New Mexico is linked to in this issue as is the Black Range Fire History Map.  This issue is also available in a compressed version which is much smaller (6.7 MB) and has lower image quality.

The Black Range Naturalist, Volume 1, Number 2, October 10, 2018 - Two of the life forces, fire and water, have shaped the Black Range over the eons. In this issue we will focus on the life, destruction, and change which water brings, and has brought, to the Black Range. The range of “water” articles in this issue includes “The Musings of a Meterorologist” by Russ Bowen, four articles about floods on the east side of the Black Range - two which describe the flood events of 1914 and 1972 and two first-hand accounts of those floods.  This issue also includes articles on the sensory systems of rattlesnakes - “ A Rattlesnake’s World”, by Lloyd Barr; numerical sequences in nature in “Nature’s Form and Pattern - As Inspiration for Art and Science” by Nicole Trushell; one of our most beautiful songsters in “The Melodic Canyon Wren” by Stephen Siegfried; and the natural world as it inspires in “The Art of Nature” by Melody Sears.

The Black Range Naturalist, Volume 1, Number 1, July 15, 2018 - “Lore Versus Science and Natural History” by Harley Shaw, "Northern Cardinal Range Expansion” by John Hubbard/Bob Barnes, “Experiences of a Hillsboro Peak Lookout” by Don Precoda, “Rattlers of the Black Range” by Randy Gray, and “Skyrocket” by Bob Barnes.

© Robert Barnes 2018