Daily Postcard: Cooper’s Hawk Spotted Near Bird Feeder

Daily Postcard: A Cooper’s hawk is spotted Monday near bird feeders at a residence in White Rock. Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. If you put out seed for birds in your backyard, there’s a chance you’ll also attract the attention of a Cooper’s hawk. While catching smaller birds is just doing what comes naturally for a Cooper’s hawk, many of us would prefer not to share the responsibility for the deaths. If a Cooper’s hawk takes up residence in your yard, you can take


NWS: Today’s High Near 44; Tonight’s Low Around 24

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 44 with a 40 percent chance of snow and rain showers and a total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight’s low around 24 with a 100 percent chance of snow showers and a total nighttime snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS




Daily Postcard: ‘Super Snow Moon’

Daily Postcard: The ‘Super Snow Moon’ viewed through branches of a tree early Saturday morning in White Rock. This moon was at its brightest Sunday, Feb. 9 and is the first supermoon of the year. The large-looking full moon will happen three times this year. It happens as the moon — on its elliptical orbit — is at its closest point to Earth making it appear nearly 14 percent larger than usual. The next supermoon will appear March 9 and is called the ‘Super Worm Moon’ and the third will happen April 7 and be called a ‘Super Pink Moon’. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


Heinrich On Plans For Bears Ears; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has issued the following statement after the Department of the Interior finalized resource management plans for the reduced Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah by releasing two Records of Decision:

“The Trump administration is steamrolling forward on the president’s unprecedented—and, I believe, illegal—order to drastically shrink the boundaries and weaken protections in two of America’s national monuments.

“The landscapes and significant cultural sites


PEEC: Family Fun Night At Nature Center Feb. 11

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Feb. 11 for the monthly Family Star Party and Family Night. The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and both programs are free thanks to sponsors NMB&T and Kiwanis Club. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Feb. 11 for an evening of family fun.

The night kicks off with a Family Star Party in the planetarium at 5:30 p.m. and continues 6-7 p.m. with Family Night.

Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s sponsors: New Mexico Bank


Science On Tap: Featuring Bin Hu On Latest Innovations In Environmental Microbiome Research At LANL

LACD News:

Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a conversation with Bin Hu discussing the latest innovations in environmental microbiome research at Los Alamos.

Microbiome is the collection of microorganisms in a particular environment, and also is used to refer to the combined genetic materials of the microorganisms found in a particular environment.

As one of the four DOE national laboratories participating in The National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC),


On The Job In Los Alamos: At Nature Center

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday afternoon at the Los Alamos Nature Center is Ashleigh Lusher who moved to town from Austin, Texas to begin work at the center in September of 2019. As gift shop coordinator, she handles purchasing as well as stocking and record keeping. Lusher also is the program coordinator and has recently taken over critter care, ensuring that the live critters at the center are happy and healthy and ready for interactions with the public. Upcoming programs at the nature center include Wild Love: A Valentine’s Celebration (ages 18+), Family Star Party and the annual Earth Day


PEEC Hosts Unique Valentine’s Day Celebration Feb. 14

Enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day celebration of love in the animal kingdom at the Los Alamos Nature Center 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and explore the love lives of critters near and far. Pig+Fig Café will cater dinner for the evening and Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op will provide drinks. Tickets are on sale now. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center this Valentine’s Day for a special celebration of love in the animal kingdom.

Enjoy tasty food from Pig+Fig Café and drinks from Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op while learning about the love lives of critters near and far.

After attendees enjoy