Video: Easter Sunday Hatching of Western Screech Owl
Apr30

Video: Easter Sunday Hatching of Western Screech Owl

April 19, 2017 Courtesy of Laurel Strohmeyer   Hi everyone, I wanted to share this little Easter Sunday hatching of the third Western Screech Owl. Enjoy!     Watch Laurel’s Video    The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a Comment” box at the bottom of this page. All comments are reviewed based on The Peak’s Comment...

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Photos: Hummer Fights Feather
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Photos: Hummer Fights Feather

April 27, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf   Did you ever get ready to go out, and then notice a pesky piece of lint on your clothes? Try as you might it’s sometimes difficult to grab and remove it. This Anna’s Hummingbird recently had a similar problem with its wardrobe.             d The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a...

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Book Review: “Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari
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Book Review: “Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari

April 28, 2017 By Les Conklin   When I finished reading “Sapiens,” I  wanted to write a review and also go vocal and sing its praises. On second thought, I’ll spare my fellow humans and forgo singing. My jubilation aside, I now understand why “Sapiens” has been on the New York Times best seller list, was Amazon’s Book of the Month in February 2015, has sold nearly five million copies, been translated into more than 50...

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Photos: Flowers on the Road to Bartlett, Spring 2017
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Photos: Flowers on the Road to Bartlett, Spring 2017

March 2017 By Howard Myers The March 2017  issue of this magazine published photographs of flowers that I took in 2008 during a drive to Bartlett Lake.  We had quite a bit of rain this past winter and that usually means an unusually good year for flower blooms. My wife, Carol, and I decided to drive to Bartlett Lake to check out the flowers. It was a good decision. Below are some of the photographs that I took along the way. ...

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Thanks to these volunteers, Scottsdale Road is a “Clean & Scenic” Drive.
Apr30

Thanks to these volunteers, Scottsdale Road is a “Clean & Scenic” Drive.

April 24, 2017 Photographs by Cindy Lee and Peter Cherry   GPPA-Friends of the Scenic Drive thanks the more than 25 volunteers who made its Scenic Drive cleanup on Saturday, April 22nd the most successful of the year, both in terms of turnout and fun.  Because of your community service, we were able to clear 13 miles of roadside along the northern reaches of Scottsdale Road, from Happy Valley Road to Carefree Highway. Following...

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Ted Talk: Building a Family Tree for All Humanity
Apr30

Ted Talk: Building a Family Tree for All Humanity

April 24, 2027   “All humans share some common bits of DNA, passed down to us from our African ancestors. Geneticist Spencer Wells talks about how his Genographic Project will use this shared DNA to figure out how we are — in all our diversity — truly connected.”  Introduction to Ted Talk Wells is the author of “Deep Ancestry: The Landmark DNA Quest to Decipher Our Distant Past,” which was published by...

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This Scottsdale dummy is living 9 x LARGE. How about you?
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This Scottsdale dummy is living 9 x LARGE. How about you?

April 28, 2017 By Les Conklin Earth the Limit for Scottsdale and ASU Partnership Today, Scottsdale residents are rightfully proud of preserving more than 30,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert for future generations. A tremendous community accomplishment. Future use of preserved land for research and to educate others in environmental and sustainability sciences could generate even more pride for future Scottsdale residents and have a...

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Blanch, The Rodeo Queen
Apr30

Blanch, The Rodeo Queen

By J. Douglas Hinds   Jack and I were buddies ‘Bout as close as friends can be I hardly spoke to him He rarely spoke to me   We was ridin’ herd together On the old Conejos Spread And though we rode in silence There was plenty being said   I guess you’d call it instinct When there’s something needin’ done Like the job of cuttin’ cattle When a man and horse are one   We worked that well...

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Videos & Webcam: Nesting Great Horned Owls – Updated 4-14-17
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Videos & Webcam: Nesting Great Horned Owls – Updated 4-14-17

April 14, 2017 –  Latest Update  from Laurel Strohmeyer The nestlings are two weeks old today!  Hope you enjoy this little video. Video: Update on Peaky & Piper, 4-14-17   March 30, 2017 –  Original  video and webcam By Laurel Srohmeyer Here is the first 10-minute installment of the Great Horned Owl’s nesting in our yard, as they journey through their courtship together.  They are beautiful, loyal and...

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Ted Talk: What explains the rise of humans?
Apr29

Ted Talk: What explains the rise of humans?

April 27, 2027 This Ted Talk by historian Yuval Noah Harari, the author of the best seller “Sapiens” has more than  2,300,000 views on YouTube. Below is the introduction to Harari’s TedTalk. “Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth;...

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