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Stop The Mudness

June 28, 2015 Why is mud such a concern for Chautauqua Lake? Soil that washes into the lake from construction sites, road ditches, farm fields, yards, stream banks and poorly vegetated forest floors impacts the... more »»

The July Skies

June 27, 2015 Mercury is lost in the solar glare this month. This is the only planet on which astronomers have never witnessed an auroral display. more »»

Sense Of Wonder

June 27, 2015 I recently attended a classical music concert. It’s not my usual musical genre of choice, but I was curious and the company was good. more »»

The Year Of The Chipmunk

June 27, 2015 I don’t know if it’s just me, but chipmunks are tough to ignore this year. more »»

For The Love Of The Lakes

June 21, 2015 For the last 20 years, Chautauqua has been one of my loves. And, I hope that it will remain so for the next 20. more »»

Fireflies In The Dark

June 20, 2015 The dark scared me when I was little, especially my room. The grain of the wood on the closet doors changed into faces and animals in the night. more »»

From Ants To Raccoons, Life Flourishes In A Hollow Tree

June 20, 2015 Ten years ago, a major portion of a mature maple tree in our side yard broke off unexpectedl. more »»

Everyone’s Favorite Turtle

June 20, 2015 Everyone loves box turtles. They are wild, colorful and familiar. But nature is unkind to them. Box turtles reproduce slowly, so it’s difficult for populations to grow. more »»

Ordinarily Extraordinary

June 14, 2015 Some things become valuable, not because of what they are, but because of their rarity. A 100-year-old coin is worth far more than it once was, simply because it has endured the test of time. more »»

Blooming Laurels

June 13, 2015 One of my friends is on a cross-country adventure with her daughter. more »»

Bullfrogs Signal The Beginning Of Summer

June 13, 2015 Camp near or drive by a farm pond or lake on a summer evening, and you’re likely to hear two distinctive sounds. more »»

What’s The Scoop On Poop?

June 7, 2015 Recently, I was at our Dobbins Woods Preserve with Elyse Henshaw from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. more »»

What Would You Remember Most?

June 6, 2015 You are leaving Earth forever. In fact, everyone is. There is just a short time left before we abandon this planet and leave for another we’ve found. more »»

Forest Fairy Pharmacy In Allegany State Park

June 6, 2015 “I caught four salamanders and you caught only two,” said my 6-year-old grandson to harass his 5-year-old brother on the salamander discovery field trip during the recent Allegany Nature Pilgrimage. more »»

Summer Feeding — Yea Or Nay?

June 6, 2015 Frequent questions this time of year include, “Is it OK to feed birds all summer long?” and, “Is it necessary to feed birds all summer?” The simple answers are “yes, and n. more »»

Conservation Strategies For Forest Owners

May 31, 2015 Healthy streams and lakes flow from healthy watersheds. Healthy forests collect, filter and deliver clean waters to our ground waters, streams and lakes. more »»

The June Skies

May 30, 2015 Mercury is between the Earth and the sun and is not visible due to the solar glare. Each evening during June, Venus and Jupiter put on a show in the western sky. more »»

Capturing Beauty

May 30, 2015 I am ridiculously excited by the lineup of instructors for the nature center’s June 20 Photography Intensive. The talent and experience of the instructors is top notch. more »»

A Tale Of Two Sisters

May 30, 2015 Based solely on my own experience, I suspect most people hate snakes. That’s how I explain the many images of severed and decapitated snakes people proudly send me each year. more »»

Are You Fertilizing The Lake?

May 24, 2015 Is lawn fertilization contributing to Chautauqua Lake’s algae blooms? Chautauqua Lake has experienced seasonal algae blooms for decades. more »»



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