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What’s So Special About An Alpaca?

November 23, 2013 On a recent trip to the alpaca farm of Cheryl and Patrick Burns on Big Tree Road in the town of Busti I learned about alpacas. Mrs. more »»

Treasure Hunting

November 17, 2013 Two cars pulled up and out piled a handful of people ranging in age from grandparents to elementary school kids. more »»

Treasure Hunts

November 16, 2013 Walking the shoreline of a lake or ocean is an activity done with my head down. With great expansive views of the water, I find myself more interested in the treasures at my feet. more »»

The Plovers, Turnstones And Very Rare Northern Lapwing

November 16, 2013 Let’s learn about the family Charadriiadae, which includes some of the shorebirds. They are lapwings, plovers, turnstones and killdeer. more »»

On Gratitude

November 9, 2013 Several of my Facebook friends are engaging in an exercise called Thirty Days of Gratitud. more »»

My Ride In A?$350,000 Corn Combine Harvester Machine

November 9, 2013 In late October this year I drove to central Iowa to visit a college friend, Bob Haskins, and his wife, Marilyn, at her family homestead farm. more »»

Life, Death And Bucket Lists

November 2, 2013 Death is not something I face every day, but it’s been in the front of my mind lately. One of our cats recently died. While talking it out with our kids, my wife casually said “Everything die. more »»

Menagerie Of Nature Sightings

November 2, 2013 There have been fantastic rare sightings of birds lately. Birders from all over headed to a reef lighthouse near Buffalo and the Niagara Rive. more »»

Connecting Communities With Better Stormwater Management (Part I)

October 27, 2013 This past week, the Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board, in cooperation with the STW Watershed Coalition, held its first annual Stormwater Management Conference for public officials in... more »»

Owls (Or Why I Love My Job)

October 26, 2013 We met in the parking lot around 5:30 p.m. on a June evening. About eight of us piled into the wagon with a small tool box, a ladder, a few cameras and a lot of excitement. more »»

Adventures Hiking The?High Peaks In New York’s Adirondack Trail

October 26, 2013 Hiking is a rigorous exercise that can be enjoyed by most people for a few hours or a day in the countryside or on city streets. more »»


October 20, 2013 I love the word ponder. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the verb ponder as “to weigh carefully in the mind” or “to consider carefully. more »»

Journey Into The?Wild

October 19, 2013 Backpacking. Everyone has a different take on it. Technically, it is walking through the woods with a backpack filled with food, sleeping gear, tent and all you need to surviv. more »»

Autumn, My Mother’s Favorite?Time Of Year

October 19, 2013 Autumn is a special time for kicking up fallen yellow leaves from the maple trees. The wildflowers are also beautiful with a variety of colors. Jerusalem artichokes are a bright yellow. more »»

Wooly Bear Predictions

October 13, 2013 Wooly Bears. These fuzzy orange and black caterpillars seem to be everywhere: crossing roads, hiking down trails, wandering along the sidewal. more »»

Spending Too Much—On Purpose

October 12, 2013 I have a hand-thrown salad bowl that never fails to draw compliments when I use it at dinner parties. It’s a gorgeous shade of greenish-blue that sets off the colors of a salad beautifully. more »»

What Can Gain 232 Pounds In One Week Then Lose It In One Day?

October 12, 2013 The catalpa tree in my front yard did just that in one year. My research for this topic began last fall. more »»

The Science Of Autumn

October 6, 2013 It’s the season of hoodies and pumpkin-spiced everything. As much as I hate to admit that summer is over, I can’t ignore it any longer. Nature won’t let m. more »»

The Science Of Autumn

October 6, 2013 It’s the season of hoodies and pumpkin-spiced everything. As much as I hate to admit that summer is over, I can’t ignore it any longer. Nature won’t let m. more »»



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