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Nature

Why Leave The Leaves?

It’s that wonderful time of year where we can drink in the crisp, cool air and gaze upon the beautiful array of yellows, oranges and reds that adorn our trees as they slowly prepare themselves for winter. It’s a season full of change, beauty and opportunity we all can enjoy. ...

Baffled By Birds

I am a self-proclaimed “nature person”. I grew up wandering around the woods, going on hikes, and camping. I’ve always loved exploring the natural world. I love flipping over logs to look for insects and salamanders, sneaking along trying not to scare away the snakes, frogs, and deer ...

Water Runs Down Hill

I live on top of a hill, and the other night I went out for a run just down around the block and back. When I made the turn to head home, I found myself thinking about all the different ways I could get back and how all of them ended with a slog uphill. This is because I live near the ...

Blind Spot In The Ash

Editor’s Note: This column originally ran in 2019. Where are your blind spots? In a car, these are the spots that you cannot see when turning or backing up. Fancy cameras and screens are being used to help drivers see their blind spots. But no camera can cure a mental blind spot, and the ...

Harvestmen Or Daddy Longlegs? Truth Or Myth?

They have eight long, skinny legs and rounded bodies. They crawl all over trees and logs, finding small insects, plants, and fungi to eat. They go by different names, but the most common one I hear is Daddy-longlegs. They are misunderstood creatures, surrounded by myths and often looked down ...

Message Of The Monarchs

Nature and her creatures are suffering, and they’re calling for our help. The message of the monarchs (Danaus plexippus), a once widespread and iconic organism now threatened with extinction, is but one of many species in unprecedented decline, pleading for our attention and action. Monarchs ...