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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 »»

Caterpillar Roadtrip

August 22, 2015 Ten years ago, I started raising monarch butterflies for purely selfish reasons. They are pretty and the woman I love wanted to release them at our wedding. more »»

Encouraging News About Monarchs

August 22, 2015 Monarch butterfly populations hit rock bottom during the winter of 2013-14 when they occupied an area of just 2.8 acres of central Mexican mountaintop oyamel fir forest. According to a report by www. more »»

The September Skies

August 22, 2015 The planet Mercury is hidden in the glare of the setting sun during September and won’t be visible until the second week of October, when it will appear in the east before sunrise. more »»

The Best Teacher

August 16, 2015 The crows were rioting as we walked onto the property. It was hard to hear each other over the racket, and I feared their noise would prevent us from filming our “Watershed Defender” episode that day. more »»

Fungi Warriors

August 15, 2015 Our planet is facing a daunting future. Nature is becoming more endangered every day because of one species: Homo sapiens. more »»

The Legacy Of Zimbabwe’s Cecil The Lion

August 15, 2015 When Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, killed 13-year-old Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park last month, the world was outraged. more »»

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow

August 15, 2015 When I heard my wife speak to me but failed to understand what she was telling me to do, and this winter, the woods were silent when a friend asked me to listen to a singing golden-crowned kinglet... more »»

Blueberry Season Is Here Again

August 9, 2015 It’s that time of year again — blueberry time. more »»

Natural Play

August 8, 2015 “You just got shot with a tranquilizer dart!” is what I hear and I look over as a child’s eyes get wide, he stumbles, trips and collapses to the ground as if, well, shot with a tranquilizer dart. more »»

Invisible Snakes

August 8, 2015 While mowing the yard, I always watch the grass ahead of me because I’d never forgive myself if I ran over and killed a box turtle. more »»



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