June 28, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (28 June 2020)  In 1906 John Martin Goyne was awarded a contract with the state of Louisiana to cut a road from Crossroads to West Monroe.  It came to be known as White’s Ferry Road and runs more or less north-south across the southeast corner of the D’...

June 21, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (21 June 2020)   Deer, gray squirrel and gray fox, ‘possum, raccoon, armadillo all come to the drying pond now leaving their spoor in the encircling halo of mud.  What a difference between equinoxes.  Six feet deep in the spring, the pond reflects the h...

June 14, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (14 June 2020)  At the same time President Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to explore the Missouri and Columbia Rivers he commissioned William Dunbar to conduct a similar expedition on the Ouachita River from its mouth to the legendary Hot Springs...

May 17, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (17 May 2020)  Spring is a busy time for most birds in northeast Louisiana.  Whether they are year round residents or just returning from wintering areas in Central and South America, most are involved in nest building of some sort.  Nests of course are...

May 12, 2020

For the second consecutive year Bayou-Diversity has won second place for "Best Podcast" in the combined newspaper, radio, and T.V. division of the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors awards.

May 3, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (3 May 2020)  For thousands of years humans have gathered honey from the hives of wild honeybees.  People ate honey, concocted the alcoholic beverage “mead,” and made candles from beeswax.  Honey and wax were also used for medicinal purposes.  None of t...

April 26, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (26 April 2020)  Until the middle of the 20th century few people in the South escaped an occasional medicinal dosing of a chemical derived by intentionally injuring native pine trees.  The chemical was turpentine and its uses were legion.  Turpentine wa...

April 20, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (20 April 2020)  In the spring of 1996 a feathered bolt of lightning launched from the top of a skyscraper in downtown Minneapolis.  During her maiden flight the young peregrine falcon tested long, pointed wings that make her species the fastest fliers...

April 5, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (5 April 2020)   I have come to the conclusion that alligators don’t travel well.  It’s an opinion based on several incidents that have occurred over the years in my dealings with these survivors from the age of dinosaurs.  Historically alligators were...

March 29, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (29 March 2020)  A while back I wrote about the dispersal of white oak acorns and how they fell onto my new steep metal roof and launched themselves over the edge and into my yard.  I did not realize at the time that I would soon involuntarily mimic the...

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