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Robert Folzenlogen

Robert Folzenlogen is a naturalist, author and physician who has written twelve outdoor guides.
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A Snowless Autumn by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation One of the joys of living in Missouri is its location within a major North American flyway.  Each spring and fall, large flocks of waterfowl pass through the State, on thei ... Read on »
Spring in December by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Partial sunshine and mild air pushed into central Missouri today.  Down at the Forum Nature Area, it looked like winter but felt more like spring and the avian residents se ... Read on »
Humans & Vegetables by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Childrens' distaste for vegetables is both well known and a common theme in advertising and entertainment.  Yet, we must acknowledge that children tend to speak the truth, ... Read on »
Boreal Owls by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Boreal owls are small raptors that inhabit mixed conifer-aspen forests across Alaska, Canada and northern Eurasia; their range also extends southward through northern Minne ... Read on »
December Gray by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation A milky-gray dome stretched above central Missouri today, diffusing the sunlight and dulling whatever color is left in the mid December landscape.  Sunrise and sunset were ... Read on »
Birding the Wastewater Wetlands by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Columbia, Missouri, has a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly wastewater treatment facility, consisting of a chain of wetlands in the lower Perche Creek Valley, southwest of tow ... Read on »
America's Lucrative Pheasant by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Native to Asia, ring-necked pheasants were introduced to North America in 1881; initially bred in captivity and released on private hunting reserves, this hardy game bird h ... Read on »
The Suet Platoon by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation As the dark, cold days of December envelop Missouri, I add suet to our backyard handouts.  While the chunks of high calorie food do not increase the diversity of common win ... Read on »
Flooding in a Parched Landscape by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Over the past week, an atmospheric trough developed off the California coast, sweeping Pacific moisture across that parched landscape.  Within a few days, many regions of t ... Read on »
White-Crowned Sparrows by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Summer residents of Alaska, northern Canada and the alpine tundra of North America's western mountains, white-crowned sparrows winter across most of the Lower 48 (the North ... Read on »
Cheap Oil & Climate Change by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Now that oil prices have dropped to their lowest point in years, Conservative pundits are predicting the demise of clean, renewable sources of energy.  Investors have also ... Read on »
Fishers of the Forest by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Fishers are large members of the mustelid (weasel) family; second in size only to the river otter, male fishers may weight up to 13 pounds.  Solitary for most of the year, ... Read on »
Environmentalism & Religion by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Several days ago, the PBS News Hour reported that the Communist Party of China is beginning to soften its stance on the expression of religion, apparently convinced that fa ... Read on »
The Nature of Hanging Valleys by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation A hanging valley is generally defined as a stream or glacial valley that ends abruptly atop the steep wall of a deeper valley or sea cliff.  Such formations are especially ... Read on »
The Gila River by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Covering more than 58,000 square miles, the watershed of the Gila River includes most of Arizona south of the Mogollon Rim.  The river itself rises on the west side of the ... Read on »
Pioneers of Enlightenment by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation On this annual American holiday of Thanksgiving, we stop to ponder our good fortune (however meager or extravagant that might be) and to thank those who have had a positive ... Read on »
Raptors in the Cold Sunshine by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Clear skies and cold air enticed me down to the wooded hills and open farmlands south and east of Columbia this morning.  Besides, a steady north breeze held the promise of ... Read on »
Refuge Closed for Killing by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation On this cold, gray, November morning in central Missouri, I headed down to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on the Missouri River floodplain, hoping to observe snow geese or ... Read on »
The Great Appalachian Valley by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation The Great Appalachian Valley of North America, a series of topographic valleys separated by low divides, stretches for more than 1200 miles, from the Richelieu Valley of Qu ... Read on »
Two Cities, Two Owls by Robert Folzenlogen Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Great horned owls are the nocturnal avian predators along the Colorado Front Range, feasting on prey as large as skunks, geese and raccoons.  Not often heard during the war ... Read on »