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Nature

The Importance Of Vultures

This time of year, spring comes alive with an array of sounds and colors. I have to smile when I step outside and hear a returning bird call for the first time. I marvel at the fresh green leaves and blooming flowers. So much of what awakens in spring is full of beauty and color. Like old ...

Puddle Piranhas

We were supposed to be planting trees. Three Black Gum trees have been patiently (or frustratingly – its hard to tell with trees) waiting in their pots all winter, eager to spread their roots. We were deciding on spots and talking it over and then I said “I want to see if the toad eggs ...

A Slithering Fear

As I walked into a room with several of Audubon’s animal ambassadors, the two turtles were clearly visible in their containers. However, the animal in the bottom was hidden and one of the first things I heard was “I hope it’s not a snake!” This particular phrase is pretty common ...

The Forgotten Flush

We all do it. We press down the handle and assume everything just magically disappears. Hit the lever, gone forever. But is it? No matter if you own a vacation property on the lake or a home in rural Chautauqua County, you should be familiar with the form and function of your home’s ...

Seeing “Something”

Recently, I heard about an uncommon bird nesting in a forest near my house. With a little information from someone who found it, I went out to try to spot it. But I was left with more questions than bird sightings. How, in acres and acres of forest, did someone find that bird and that nest? ...