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The Perils Of Plastics

June 26, 2016 Plastics have been around for nearly 150 years and are made up of “polymers,” which are chemicals that form nearly infinite chains of repeating molecules. more »»

Talking About The Flowers And The Trees

June 25, 2016 ’Tis the season of spring allergies. Pollen is floating through the air. Flowers are gracing our gardens and landscap. more »»

Meet The Red Eft

June 25, 2016 If you’ve ever doubted that water is the wellspring of life, pay attention the next time it rains. Birds flock to puddles and birdbaths to drink and bathe. more »»

Ants In Your Plants?

June 19, 2016 Do you have peonies in your garden? If so, you’ve likely seen ants crawling or resting on the unopened buds and perhaps wondered why they are ther. more »»

Under Attack

June 18, 2016 When we think of invaders, often times we think of little green men from Mars flying into Earth on their UFOs. more »»

Solar Power, An Alternative For Green Energy

June 18, 2016 When I noticed solar panels on rooftops, I wondered how electricity was produced. more »»

The Milkweed-Monarch Connection

June 18, 2016 Of all the animal on the planet, insects are among the most feared and reviled. Some sting (wasps and bees) and some bite (mosquitoes, horse flies and blackflies). more »»

Improving Water Quality, One Farm At A Time

June 12, 2016 The Peterson Farm is a vegetable crop operation which includes a farm stand on New York State Route 430 in the town of Ellicott. The farm also includes beef cattle, with 35 cow/calf pairs. more »»

The Magic Of The Night

June 11, 2016 Dusk marks the boundary between the world we spend most of our lives in and the dark. This boundary has other names: twilight and the gloaming. more »»

Make Memories This Summer

June 11, 2016 When my daughters were little girls, cool summer evenings sent them into a tizzy. “Can we have a camp fire tonight?” they’d ask. more »»

Plant Trees For Multiple Benefits

June 5, 2016 Spring is finally here. As we begin thinking about our yards, consider adding more trees and shrubs to your yard, especially native trees and shrub. more »»

Making Time

June 4, 2016 With Memorial Day passed, summer has official begun. The weather seems to have gotten the message. more »»

Poison Ivy: ‘Leflet Of Three, Let It Be’

June 4, 2016 One of my chores over the recent Memorial Day weekend was to cut up a small tree that had fallen onto a corner of our yard where we mowed. more »»

California Dreaming

June 4, 2016 In 2011, I recommended a nonfiction book entitled “Winged Obsession: the Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler” by Jessica Speart. It’s a riveting nonfiction account of how a U.S. more »»

Edible And Medicinal Wild Plants Of WNY

May 29, 2016 I have always been fascinated by the topic of wild edible and medicinal plants. more »»

Springtime Warnings

May 28, 2016 I still have the pair of Carhartts from my farm days, mostly for sentimental reasons, but also because they are nice, “airy” work jeans — as the holes in the knees are quite substantial. more »»

A Feathered Nonpareil

May 28, 2016 I’m often asked why I love birds. The answer is simple: they please my eyes, ears and brain. Even common backyard birds are eye candy. Give me chickadees, or give me death. more »»

The June Skies

May 28, 2016 June will not be a good month to view the little planet Mercury. It will be very close to the horizon from our latitude during the first two weeks of the month. more »»

The Dark Side Of Spring

May 22, 2016 There is a dark side to spring that fills me with dread. The results of it were plain to see on a walk one spring around this time of year. more »»

How Much Land?

May 21, 2016 I recently did some traveling that required an airplane flight. As I left my land-bound life on the East Coast I looked down on Eart. more »»



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