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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 »»

Ready For A Wooly Winter

October 5, 2013 By Sarah Hatfield Naturalist Winter is hobby time. The days get shorter, the nights longer. The weather turns chilly and the desire for cozy increases. more »»

Waterthrushes At The?Jamestown Audubon

October 5, 2013 An unforgettable memory for me at Jamestown Audubon is the day, with Jennifer Schlick’s help, that I saw not one, but both waterthrush species. Wow. That’s not a common occurrence. more »»

Healthy Habitat For Trout And All Of Us

September 29, 2013 With this cast, the lure is right on target and, after one quick turn of the reel handle, there is that tell-tale heavy swirl and a splash on the water’s surfac. more »»

Making The World A Better Place

September 28, 2013 There are many things out there that make the world a better place. Kind words, thoughtful gestures and volunteers in the community are amongst the things that make the world just a little bit nice. more »»

Flying Ducks Prove Difficult To Identify

September 28, 2013 Waterfowl, a general description for ducks, can be challenging to identify in flight. more »»

Groups Join Efforts?For Healthy Lakes

September 21, 2013 The Cassadaga Lakes Association and Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy have enjoyed a cooperative conservation relationship for healthy Cassadaga Lakes for more than 10 years. more »»

Keep Your Eyes Open For Common Nighthawks

September 21, 2013 The common nighthawk is not a hawk. Hawks are in the Falco and Accipiter families. Nighthawks and nightjars are in the family Caprimulgidae. more »»

An Enchanted Forest

September 20, 2013 I saw a mouse in the kitchen the other day. Out from underneath a cookie sheet cooling on the stove popped a little furry head. It happened so fast I wasn’t sure what it was. more »»

End Of Summer Traditions

September 15, 2013 Thank goodness for traditions. Once established, they tend to give some order and expectations to your life. Many of mine involve quality time with my family. more »»

‘Wearable’ Art

September 14, 2013 I am drawn to natural things. That sounds like a silly thing to say, for a naturalist at least. Obviously I would be drawn to natural things. But this applies even to colors and textures and shapes. more »»



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