Keeping a science log or journal can be a very useful thing. They can help you spot patterns that you might miss otherwise. For example, Nancy keeps a garden journal, and it helped us realize the every year, the first Black-Chinned Hummingbirds migrate into our area on the same day. They can also help you remember things, such as the location where you saw a specific wildflower. I tend to use photographs in my journal, partly because I enjoy nature photography, but also because each photo has information embedded in it about when and where it was taken, which lens I used, what settings I used, etc.

I thought it might be interesting to start keeping my journal online, so you could see what is happening here in Johnson Canyon, and as an example of how you might keep your own science log.

Sciencelog: 9 May 2016

A walk in the back yard may seem a simple thing, but it is always filled with wonders.


Sciencelog: 5 April 2016

Spring continues to progress in Johnson Canyon. Our hummingbirds have begun arriving, and the flowers are drawing lots of pollinators.


Sciencelog: 31 March 2016

Spring has come to Johnson Canyon. Although we will probably get more snow, and will definitely get more freezes, the wildlife has decided that it is time to get started with springtime things.


Hawk vs raven photos Sciencelog: 15 Feb 2016 - Hawk vs Raven

I had quite a show this week watching this pair. We get quite a few hawks and eagles here in Johnson Canyon, but usually the ravens harass them into moving on. They do that by squawking, diving at the hawk, and pestering them to the point where the hawk can't do any hunting. Eventually the hawk gets tired of it, and moves on. Many different birds have the same behavior, trying to drive large, predatory birds away. This time, things turned out differently.


Sciencelog: Earthquakes

With the powerful earthquake that recently struck Alaska on January 24, 2016, I though it would be helpful to gather some of my earthquake related resources onto a single page. The quake registered 7.1 on the Richter Scale, making it one of the most powerful quakes to hit Alaska in recent decades.

Hopefully this information will make it easier to understand some of the news coverage, as well as helping you spot some of the common misconceptions, and answer some of the questions you may have.


Sciencelog: 11 Jan, 2016

Greetings from our home in Johnson Canyon, Utah. Last night, the temperature dropped to 3°F, cold enough for me to try freezing some bubbles.


Sciencelog: 2 Jan, 2016

Greetings from our home in Johnson Canyon, Utah.

First, some good news:

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December was a challenging month, with me wrestling with so many different things that I feel I should have an honorary membership in the Word Wrestling Federation. READ MORE....

Sciencelog: 28 Nov 2015

Greetings from our home in Johnson Canyon, Utah. This has been an interesting week, with a couple of light dustings of snow, LOTS of Mule Deer, winter hawks, and beautiful sunsets. READ MORE....

Sciencelog: 17 Nov 2015

Greetings from our home in Johnson Canyon, Utah. With the cold weather, hundreds of Mule Deer are migrating down the canyon, headed towards the lower elevations and warmer temperatures of the south. Quite a few are pausing to nibble our garden and pose for photos. Almost any time we look outside, we see several.

It is not really cold yet (so far our coldest night has been 16°F), but we have already had one brief snow. READ MORE....