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Working Together For the Betterment of All

March 6, 2016 One person can accomplish a lot, but a group of dedicated people working toward a single goal can accomplish so much more. more »»

The Work Of Childhood

March 5, 2016 Play is in danger and it is changing the way the next generation views the world. As a kid, we played a dozen different kinds of tag, kickball and football. more »»

Vernal Pools Are Busy Places In March

March 5, 2016 A walk in any deciduous forest in early March is certain to reveal a variety of vernal pools. Every depression, large and small, fills with snow melt and rain. more »»

The Elusive Winter Owl Nest

February 28, 2016 The search has begun to find the first nesting bird of the year. Every year in December, I listen to the great horned owls hooting with resonant deep voices that travel through the cold dark dus. more »»

Snow Fleas Are Harmless, Abundant

February 27, 2016 Knowing that winter weather can persist into April, there will probably be at least a few more opportunities to see a tiny, but abundant creature that is best seen against a blanket of fresh snow —... more »»

An Oak That Fell From The Forest

February 27, 2016 There was no sorrow in the air lingering over the carcass. Woodland creatures did not mourn, no tears were shed as the life of the forest leviathan suddenly ended. more »»

Tickle A Tender Touch

February 27, 2016 Ticklishness is a human reflex least understood even though experienced by most everyone sometime during their life. more »»

Cornell University Comes To Chautauqua Lake

February 21, 2016 For many years, individuals involved in the management of Chautauqua Lake have heard words similar to, “No more studies. Just do somethin. more »»

Snow, Covering And Revealing

February 20, 2016 I write this on a day when the snow is falling constantly outside my window. I’m warm and cozy inside with coffee, a cat and my computer. Schools, offices and programs are closed or canceled. more »»

Bird Cage Meets My Expectations

February 20, 2016 Back in December, I wrote about my new feeding station I call the “Bird Cage.” It is an enclosure designed to exclude deer and raccoons. more »»

Warming Worries

February 14, 2016 The chill and snow of winter in Western New York have returned once more, and I am glad. I was beginning to worry about the sporadic snows and extended warm periods we have been experiencing lately .. more »»

Wisdom Does It Again

February 13, 2016 In 2002, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) ornithologist Chandler Robbins found a banded Laysan albatross on Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean. more »»

All Grown Up

February 13, 2016 I am always in awe of artists. They have skills I don’t have. Or, as I was coached to say by an art teacher, skills I have not yet learned. more »»

‘Skijoring’ Dogs Are Happy Dogs

February 13, 2016 “Skijoring” is the sport of snow skiing behind a pulling dog. more »»

Turtles Of The Chautauqua Watershed

February 7, 2016 Any time I’m walking around in winter and feel chilled, I can’t help but wonder how our native fauna are managing to make it until spring. more »»

Cabin Fever Cures

February 6, 2016 Cabin fever is defined as “boredom, restlessness or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation,” according to more »»

Ruffed Grouse Can Be Bold

February 6, 2016 Thomas Felton of Kimbolton, Ohio, recently sent me some photos of a ruffed grouse he had been feeding twice a day since late November. He first noticed the grouse while walking with his grandso. more »»

Don’t Fertilize The Lake

January 31, 2016 Much work is being done by partner organizations of the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance to reduce the nutrients entering Chautauqua Lake from public wastewater treatment plants and... more »»

The February Skies

January 30, 2016 None of the bright planets are visible in the early evening sky as February begins. However at the end of the month, all of the bright planets shine in the predawn twilight. more »»


January 30, 2016 I love growing my own food. more »»



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