earth notes

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Jan. 21, 1963, marked a watershed in the history of the Southwest. On that Monday, the first gates of Glen Canyon Dam were closed.


Earth Notes: Dinosaur Illustrator Margaret Colbert

Jan 10, 2018
Museum of Northern Arizona

What “happens inside one’s head” is how Margaret Colbert described her own artistic process. That humble observation belies the talent behind this woman’s expert illustrations of dinosaurs of the Colorado Plateau.


Earth Notes: Mexican Spotted Owls

Jan 3, 2018
Timothy Bowden and Jeremy White

Spotted owls have long been known to live in forests. But of the three subspecies in the country, the Colorado Plateau’s Mexican spotted owl also inhabits sheer-walled canyons.


Earth Notes: Rare Navajo Blanket

Dec 27, 2017
Museum of Northern Arizona

An unusually beautiful, very old textile resides in the collections of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. It’s a rare, antique blanket woven in New Mexico before 1870, in what’s called the “Classic Period” of Navajo weaving.


Michael Collier

Waking on winter solstice to a hushed world of bright light, we look outside and see fresh-fallen snow. 


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