A couple of weeks ago I thought I’d spotted a new trend in the world, one that we should all welcome. It has to do with live news television reporting.

Instead of having featured people’s images, instead of constantly moving backgrounds, there were people expounding on their ideas over news or whatever without a moving distraction behind them.

I know how precarious it is to hope for a friendly trend on television but I don’t think I can sway the 24-hour-programming gods. Wish I could say they might give stationary backgrounds a try.

Now here’s a little item I learned listening: An opportunity to show your support for science is coming right up: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Meet at the Home Ranch Visitor Center. This event is hosted by Sarah Hegg and six others.

The March for Science will coincide with Earth Day, April 22. It is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies and governments.

Evidence-based policymaking, scientists and science are under attack. Budget cuts, censorship, disappearing data sets, out-and-out threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all. Our health, air, water, climate and food are all at risk.

If you are able, please join a nonpartisan diverse coalition of individuals and organizations that stand up for science. Speakers will include geologist Dr. Bob Smith, social scientist Ryan Burke and others.

... Yeah, but can we all march in step?

Field Notes: The Great Spring Shuffle continues with great speed on the valley floor and at axx slower pace not much higher up. Here are some items from the season: On April 12, three long-billed curlews were sighted in Grand Teton National Park by Leine Stikkel and subsequently by other lucky viewers. Those birds, or others, are part of an inter-regional project to learn more about curlew behavior in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. One of these birds, AJ, a local study subject, has returned to her habitual ground on the National Elk Refuge.

In the last week or so rough-legged hawks have been passing through Jackson Hole and Teton Valley on their way back north to nest.

A single female lark bunting has been frequenting west Jackson along Flat Creek, according to Joe Burke. As of Friday, April 14, the white-fronted goose continued to graze with the Canada geese north of the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. Richard Rice reports a yellow-headed blackbird in South Park, April 13. On April 11, Leine Stikkel observed four white pelicans at Oxbow Bend. Mary Lohuis reported a first of the year (FOY) pair of mourning doves at her feeder on April 15.

Early-morning risers can still be a part of the annual testosterone-powered ritual performed by the sage grouse cocks. Please check with Grand Teton National Park for accessibility.

As the elk leave the National Elk Refuge following the open-up, they and other ungulates are on the roads. Drive with care.

Bert Raynes writes weekly on whatever suits his fancy with a dash of news on nature and its many ways. Contact him via columnists@jhnewsandguide.com.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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