Nature Columns


My name is Terry Thomas. I write the nature column for the Idaho Falls Post Register (70,000 readers). I'm a lifelong naturalist, a wildlife biologist for 30 years and have been writing this nature column for 18 years. 

 You can read the column here. Just scroll down and click on whatever interests you.

Longtime readers have been excited about the publication of, The Best of Naturewith over 100 of the best essays (232 pages) from past years. If you are new to the column, you especially don't want to miss this book. 

I also illustrate the column with my own photographs and offer free photography classes on this site as well.


We'll post the latest columns here and may occasionally post a popular column from the past. 


 


Columns

Aug-31-17_Harriman_State_Park

Aug-24-17_Clean_Water_Part_2

Aug-17-17_Clean_Water

Aug-10-17_Yellowstone_Lake

Aug-3-17_Buffalobur

July-27-17_Common_Mullein

July-20-17_Pompey's_Pillar

July-13-17_William_Clark's_Journey

July-6-17_Economics_of_National_Monuments

June-29-17_Antiquities_Act

June-22-17_Theodore_Roosevelt_NP

June-15-17_Sand_Creek_Ponds

June-8-17_Peregrine_Falcons

June-1-17_Nature_is_Amazing

May-25-17_Neotropical_Migratory_Songbirds

May-18-17_Where_to_See_Waterfalls

May-11-17_Waterfalls

May-4-17_Canada_Geese

April-27-17_Soil_Crusts

April-20-17_Idaho_Wildflowers

April-13-17_Cattails

April-6-17_Spring_Migration

Mar-30-17_Who_Manages_What

Mar-23-17_Ruddy_Duck

Mar-16-17_Signs_of_Spring

Mar-9-17_Total_Solar_Eclipse_Part_2

Mar-2-17_Total_Solar_Eclipse

Feb-23-17_Raccoons

Feb-16-17_Cabinets of Curiosity

Feb-9-17_Ravens-and_Crows

Feb-2-17_Invertebrates

Jan-26-17_Basalt

Jan-19-17_Should_We_Feed_Elk_Part_2

Jan-12-17_Should_We_Feed_Elk

Jan-5-17_We_Live_in_a_Great_Place

Dec-29-16_Surviving_Winter

Dec-22-16_Camels

Dec-15-16_Evergreen

Dec-8-16_Ode_to_Island_Park

Dec-1-16_House_Finches

Nov-24-16_Birdhouse_Principles

Nov-17-16_Coots

Nov-10-16_Can_Deer_Eat_Hay

Nov-3-16_Fossil_Butte

Oct-27-16_Longevity

Oct-20-16_Life_Span

Oct-13-16_Badlands_National_Park

Oct-6-16_Niche

Sept-29-16_Rules

Sept-22-16_Tex_Creek_Rebirth?

Sept-15-16_Tex_Creek_Fire

Sept-8-16_Seeing_Red_and_Yellow

Sept-1-16_Natives_are_Better

Aug-25-16_Migratory_Bird_Treaty_Act

Aug-18-16_Dragonflies

Aug-11-16_Ground_Squirrels

Aug-4-16_Perseid_Meteor_Shower

July-28-16_Dark_Sky_Parks

July-21-16_Evening_Grosbeaks

July-14-16_Diversity_of_Aquariums

July-7-16_Back_to_Basics

June-30-16_Hybrid_Fish

June-23-16_The_Rest_of_Idaho

June-16-16_Secretive_Marsh_Birds

June-9-16_Eternal_Vigilance

June-2-16_The_Little_Guys

May-26-16_Black-crowned_Night_Heron

May-19-16_Politics_and_Wildlife

May-12-16_Radiation

May-5-16_Mothers_Day

April-28-16_Memories

April-21-16_Invaders_on_our_shores

April-14-16_Idaho_Birding_Trail

April-7-16_Mallards

March-31-16_Hierarchy

March-3-16_Tundra_Swans

March-10-16_Rockhound

March-17-16_Sand_Dunes

Feb-25-16_Leap_Year

Feb-18-16_Animal_Concentrations

Feb-11-16_Starling_Wars

Feb-4-16_Being_Evergreen

Jan-28-16_Plant_Hardening_for_Winter

Jan-21-16_Suet_Results

Jan-14-16_Easy_Suet_Recipe

Jan-6-16_Road_Trip

Dec-31-15_National_Park_Service

Dec-24-15_Taxation_for_Nature

Dec-17-15_Bighorn_Experience

Dec-10-15_Nature_as_a_partner

Dec-3-15_Sun_Dogs

Nov-26-15_Gratitude

Nov-19-15_Migration_Research

Nov-12-15_Pine_Marten

Nov-5-15_Home_Invasion

Oct-29-15_Yellowstone_Hydrothermal_Features

Oct-22-15_Mammal_Feet

Oct-15-15_Swan_Safe_Project

Oct-8-15_Gros_Ventre_Adventure

Oct-1-15_What_Good_Are_They

Sept-24-15_Skin

Sept-17-15_Fall_River

Sept-10-15_Friends_of_Camas

Sept-3-15_Slipping_Baseline

Aug-27-15_Pond_Lily

Aug-20-15_Great_Egret

Aug-13-15_New_Wilderness

Aug-6-2015_Alpine_Plants

July-30-15_New_Eyes

July-23-15_Sego_Lilies

July-16-15_Esto_Perpetua

July-9-15_Milkweed

July-2-15_Sagebrush

June-25-15_Plants_of_Craters

June-18-15_Craters_of_the_Moon

June-11-15_Scenic_Byways

June-4-15_Selecting_Binoculars

May-28-15_Binoculars_are_a_Valuable_Tool

May-21-15_Mr_Mom

May-14-2015_City_of_Rocks

May-7-2015_Celebrating_Birds

April-30-15_Yellowstone_Adventure

April-23-15_Waterbirds

April-16-15_South_Fork_Cottonwoods

April-9-15_Meadow_VoleParadigm_Shift

April-2-15_Wildlife_Diseases

Mar-26-15_Flight_of_Bats_and_Birds

Mar-19-15_Beach_Combing

Mar-12-15_Nest_Box_Season

Mar-5-15_The_Tooth_of_the_Matter

Feb-26-15_National_Natural_Landmarks

Feb-19-15_Weather_Wise

Feb-12-15_Winter_Bald_Eagle_Viewing

Feb-5-15_Bird_Feet

Jan-29-15_Traveling_to_see_Wildlife

Jan-22-15_Funding_Wildlife_Diversity

Jan-15-15_Black-capped Chickadees

Jan-8-15_Rabbits_and_Hares

Jan-1-15_Stand_By_Me

Dec-18-14_Star_of_Bethlehem

Dec-11-14_Lessons_from_Chocolate

Dec-4-14_Protecting_Winter_Range

Nov-27-14_Cranberries

Nov_20-14_Bark

Nov-13-14_Cutthroat Trout: Icon of the West

Nov-6-14_Continental_Divide

Oct-30-14_Bear_Lake_Monster

Oct-23-14_Three_Challenges_Hunters_Face

Oct-16-14_Hunting_Ethics

Oct-9-14_Lunar_Eclipses

Oct-2-14_Ode_to_Septmeber

Sept-25-14_Boreal_Chorus_Frog

Sept-18-14_Mount_Moran_Geology

Sept-11-14_Fall_Mushrooms

Sept-4-14_Common_Loons

August-28-14_Last_Passenger_Pigeon

August-21-14_Huckleberry_Picking_Time_Travel

August-14-14_Grasses_are_Staff_of_Life

August-7-14_Mint Family

July-31-14_Empty_Nests

July-24-14_Warblers

July-17-14_Galls

July-10-14_Snags

July-3-14_Bumble_Bees

June-26-14 Long-eared Owls

June-19-14_Wildlife in China is Hard to Find

June-12-14_New_Paradigm

June-3-14_La Niña

May-29-14_El Niño

May-22-14_Pill_Bugs

May-15-14_Why_Birds_Matter

May-8-14_Wind

May-1-14_Plumes

April-24-14_Lesson_in_Conservation

April-17-14_Thrill_Killing

April-10-14_National_Zoo

April-3-14_Littering

Mar-27-14_My_Best_Day_at_Work

Mar-20-14_Birding_Technology

Mar-13-14_Simplify

Mar-6-14_WMAs_are_Idaho_Gems

Feb-27-14_Owl_Pellets

Feb-20-14_Hagerman_bird_festival

Feb-13-14_Elwha_River_Dams_are_Gone

Feb-6-14_National_Elk_Refuge

Jan-30-14_Great_Rift

Jan-23-14_Junipers

Jan-16-14_Blizzards

Jan-9-14_Life_is_Rough_at_the_Bottom

Jan-2-14_Yesterday_Today_Tomorrow

Dec-26-13_Chaos_and_the_Butterfly_Effect

Dec-19-13 _Last_Minute_Christmas_Idea

Dec-12-2013_Anchor_Ice

Dec-5-2013_Lake_Ice

Nov-28-13_Giving_Thanks

Nov-21-2013_Unsung_Heroes

Nov-14-2013_House_Sparrow

Nov-7-13_TransitionRange

Oct-31-13_Road Trip

Oct-24-13_Life_Beneath_Rocks

October-17-2013_Third_face_of_fire

October_10-2013_Plans

October-3-13_Wildfire_Effects

Sept-26-2013_Hyperphagia

Sept-19-2013_Kingfishers

September-5-2013_Mining_for_star_garnets

August-29-2013_In_Search_of_Western_White_Pines

August-22-2013_Plant_Communities

August-15--2013_Grays_Lake

August-8-2013_Duck_Race

August-1-2013_the_Busy_Season

July-25-13_Sequestration_Woes

July-18-13_Horseflies

July-11-13_Change

July-4-13_Turning up the Heat on Fish

June-27-13_Sleep

June-20-13_Empty_Nests

June-13-2013_Bloodsucking Leeches

June-6-2013_Dabblers_and_Divers

May-30-2013_Migration_at_Camas_NWR

May-23-2013 Delayed Implantation

May-16-2013 Synchronous Hatching

May-9-2013 F8 and Be There

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"WOW. What a phenomenal piece you wrote. You are amazing." Jennifer Jackson

That is embarrassing but actually a fairly typical response to my nature essays. Since The Best of Nature is created from the very best of 16 years of these nature essays published weekly in the Idaho Falls Post Register (online readership 70,000), The Best of Nature is a fine read. It covers a wide variety of topics including humorous glimpses of nature, philosophy, natural history, and conservation. Readers praise the style, breadth of subject matter and my ability to communicate complex and emotional topics in a relaxed and understandable manner.

Everyone can find something to love in this book. From teenagers to octogenarians, from the coffee shop to the school room, these nature essays are widely read and enjoyed.

Some of the essays here are my personal favorites, others seemed to strike a chord with readers. Most have an important message or lesson that will resonate with you. They are written with a goal to simultaneously entertain and educate about the wonderful workings of nature. Some will make you laugh out loud and others will bring a tear to the eye and warm your heart.

Readers Write:

"You hit a home run with your article on, Big Questions in Nature. It should be required reading for everyone who has lost touch with nature...great job!" Joe Chapman

"We enjoyed your column, Bloom Where Planted. Some of the best writing yet. The Post Register is fortunate to have your weekly columns." Lou Griffin.

To read more and to order a copy, click here or get the Kindle version 

here

Copies are also available at:

Post Register

Barnes and Noble in Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (425 Capital)

Perfect Light Photo Supply

Work Wearhouse

Museum of Idaho

Valley Books, Jackson Wyoming

Avocet Corner Bookstore, Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, Brigham City, Utah

Craters of the Moon National Monument Bookstore, Arco, Idaho

Peek inside the book here