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Marsh Secrets

September 27, 2015 There is something about a foggy morning that is utterly relaxing. The cool fog seeps into your bones and brings a calm with it unlike any other kind of weather. The world changes in the fog. more »»

Nature’s Stress Relief

September 26, 2015 There is really no way to get around stress in your life. Truthfully, there should not be. Stress is what helps us grow and change and learn new things. more »»

Home Gardeners Can Expect A Cornucopia Of Vegetables

September 26, 2015 This summer, I learned how abundant vegetable and apple crops can be produced on a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm near North East, Pennsylvani. more »»

See Pennsylvania Elk Live Or Online

September 26, 2015 Most people know that elk, the second largest member of the deer family, roam widely in the West. Images of elk from western national parks immediately come to mind. more »»

The October Skies

September 26, 2015 Beginning in the second week of October, Mercury can be spotted low in the eastern predawn twilight. more »»

Leave The Leaves For Healthy Waters

September 20, 2015 It’s hard to believe that fall is here. But the leaves have already started to drop, and that means we’ll soon be pulling out our rakes. more »»

Book It!

September 19, 2015 Books are emotional objects. They can be associated with so many things. A treasured children’s book can fill your memory with happy moments from your childhood. more »»

Home Invasions Have Begun

September 19, 2015 Every fall, shortly after nighttime temperatures turn chilly, deer mice seek refuge from the coming cold weather by moving into our homes. more »»

Goldenrod And Ragweed

September 13, 2015 Fields throughout the Chautauqua Watershed are ablaze. One of nature’s spectacles, the fall blossoming of goldenrod is underway and will continue until the first hard fros. more »»

Nature’s Mystery

September 12, 2015 There was a nest on the ground up ahead of us on the trail. It was nestled next to a tree and hidden by ferns and flowers, but only a foot or so off of the trail. more »»

Boy Scouts Teach Science And Nature

September 12, 2015 I feel my job writing in the Family section of this newspaper is to act as a teacher to encourage the study of science and nature. more »»

Mourning Doves Are Truly Renewable

September 12, 2015 According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 2015 Population Status Report, mourning doves are one of the most abundant birds in North America. They occur in all lower 48 states. more »»

Fall Is Tree Planting Time

September 6, 2015 During recent strolls through some of my favorite places near Chautauqua Lake, I noticed that something was lacking and very much misse. more »»

Give Me Shelter

September 5, 2015 “Shelter me. Keep me safe. Protect me from that which may do me harm.” Some may call that a prayer, some may call it a plea. Some may call it a request or a favor. more »»

Back From The Brink

September 5, 2015 In 1987, California condors teetered on the brink of extinction. Only 27 condors were left on the planet, and all were housed in two captive breeding facilities in southern Californi. more »»

Sharing The Love Of Nature, Part II

August 30, 2015 “Nana’s here,” rang out in unison as my son opened the back of his car to load my suitcase at the metro station in Springfield, Virginia. more »»

Lifelong Learning

August 29, 2015 Many people are marking this weekend or next as the last weekend of the summer. more »»

Fall Migrations Have Begun

August 29, 2015 Thanks to shorter days and chilly morning temperatures, curious naturalists know the transition from summer to fall has begun. Various fall migrations also provide evidence that autumn is coming. more »»

Shades Are Nice At Any Price

August 29, 2015 Sunglasses, known as “shades” in the vernacular of youth, direct shaded sunlight into eyes. In reality sunglasses are much more than nice; sunglasses are vital to maintain healthy eyes. more »»

The Game Of Nature

August 23, 2015 We instill a false sense of knowledge in students today. Perhaps it has always been done and is only becoming more clear as I get older. more »»



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