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Turtles Of The Chautauqua Watershed

February 7, 2016 Any time I’m walking around in winter and feel chilled, I can’t help but wonder how our native fauna are managing to make it until spring. more »»

Cabin Fever Cures

February 6, 2016 Cabin fever is defined as “boredom, restlessness or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation,” according to more »»

Ruffed Grouse Can Be Bold

February 6, 2016 Thomas Felton of Kimbolton, Ohio, recently sent me some photos of a ruffed grouse he had been feeding twice a day since late November. He first noticed the grouse while walking with his grandso. more »»

Don’t Fertilize The Lake

January 31, 2016 Much work is being done by partner organizations of the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance to reduce the nutrients entering Chautauqua Lake from public wastewater treatment plants and... more »»

The February Skies

January 30, 2016 None of the bright planets are visible in the early evening sky as February begins. However at the end of the month, all of the bright planets shine in the predawn twilight. more »»


January 30, 2016 I love growing my own food. more »»

Leaf Cutting Ants Grow Fungus To Feed Their Young

January 30, 2016 In early January, my wife and I returned from a vacation to tropical beaches and rainforests on Trinidad and Tobago, the most southern of the Caribbean Islands. more »»

How Birds Survive Winter Storms

January 30, 2016 In the aftermath of last week’s winter storm, many readers wondered how birds survive snowstorms and frigid temperatures. more »»

All I Wanted For Christmas

January 24, 2016 All I wanted for Christmas was a little snow. Not a big request, nothing fancy or unrealistic for December, but did it happen? No. more »»

Watching Change

January 23, 2016 I am constantly amazed at two things: How much we change (myself, other people and society) and all the things I don’t know. It’s not in an egotistical way. more »»

Cardinals In A Snowstorm

January 23, 2016 By the time you read this, there’s a good chance the ground will be covered by a blanket of fresh snow. At least that’s what the meteorologists are predicting. more »»

Coping With The Cold

January 17, 2016 Winter has finally arrived. For some, it arrived with cheers of relief. For others, winter brought groans and thoughts of snow forcing people inside, shoveling and freezin. more »»

Rediscover Jamestown’s Treasures

January 16, 2016 It should have been obvious, really, but there’s a difference between knowing something and that moment of epiphany. more »»

A Hodgepodge Of Slugs

January 16, 2016 Commonly, I think of a slug as a slimy, tiny, snail-like but shell-less animal found under logs and stones. more »»

An Arrival And A Warning

January 16, 2016 After months of mild weather, frigid winter temperatures and snow arrived this week. But days are already getting longer, new-winged visitors are arriving and spring will return in just nine weeks. more »»

Answering Frequently Asked Questions

January 10, 2016 The staff and board of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy get asked numerous questions about our region’s watersheds and water quality. more »»

Free For All

January 9, 2016 When my brother-in-law comes to town (our town, your town, any town), he becomes the tour guide. He seeks out and introduces you to things in your own community that you didn’t even know were there. more »»

My First And Last Chestnut Tree

January 9, 2016 When I was a boy, my father and I hiked country roads on autumn afternoons, collecting hickory nuts, a favorite snac. more »»

Help For The Hemlocks

January 3, 2016 The eastern hemlock (tsuga canadensis) is a widely distributed, long-lived, and lovely native evergreen whose dense conical shape, delicately needled branches and shade-tolerant lifestyle contribute... more »»

A Matter Of Time

January 2, 2016 So we come to a New Year. A human time. I have seen many firsts of January. Some are more memorable than others. more »»



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