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How Birds Survive Winter Storms

January 30, 2016 In the aftermath of last week’s winter storm, many readers wondered how birds survive snowstorms and frigid temperatures. more »»

All I Wanted For Christmas

January 24, 2016 All I wanted for Christmas was a little snow. Not a big request, nothing fancy or unrealistic for December, but did it happen? No. more »»

Watching Change

January 23, 2016 I am constantly amazed at two things: How much we change (myself, other people and society) and all the things I don’t know. It’s not in an egotistical way. more »»

Cardinals In A Snowstorm

January 23, 2016 By the time you read this, there’s a good chance the ground will be covered by a blanket of fresh snow. At least that’s what the meteorologists are predicting. more »»

Coping With The Cold

January 17, 2016 Winter has finally arrived. For some, it arrived with cheers of relief. For others, winter brought groans and thoughts of snow forcing people inside, shoveling and freezin. more »»

Rediscover Jamestown’s Treasures

January 16, 2016 It should have been obvious, really, but there’s a difference between knowing something and that moment of epiphany. more »»

A Hodgepodge Of Slugs

January 16, 2016 Commonly, I think of a slug as a slimy, tiny, snail-like but shell-less animal found under logs and stones. more »»

An Arrival And A Warning

January 16, 2016 After months of mild weather, frigid winter temperatures and snow arrived this week. But days are already getting longer, new-winged visitors are arriving and spring will return in just nine weeks. more »»

Answering Frequently Asked Questions

January 10, 2016 The staff and board of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy get asked numerous questions about our region’s watersheds and water quality. more »»

Free For All

January 9, 2016 When my brother-in-law comes to town (our town, your town, any town), he becomes the tour guide. He seeks out and introduces you to things in your own community that you didn’t even know were there. more »»

My First And Last Chestnut Tree

January 9, 2016 When I was a boy, my father and I hiked country roads on autumn afternoons, collecting hickory nuts, a favorite snac. more »»

Help For The Hemlocks

January 3, 2016 The eastern hemlock (tsuga canadensis) is a widely distributed, long-lived, and lovely native evergreen whose dense conical shape, delicately needled branches and shade-tolerant lifestyle contribute... more »»

A Matter Of Time

January 2, 2016 So we come to a New Year. A human time. I have seen many firsts of January. Some are more memorable than others. more »»

A Look At Beginnings

January 2, 2016 A new year is a time for beginnings. And the natural world is replete with examples. more »»

Genetically Modified Food — Healthy, Benign, Or Risky?

January 2, 2016 What does “genetically modified” mean and why has the public requested knowledge of food origin? Genetic modification, also called “genetic engineering,” is a biologic process whereby scientists... more »»

Wonder Of Water

December 27, 2015 It drips, flows and trickles through our lives. We receive this gift of nature nonchalantly, yet if we did not have it, we wouldn’t be here on earth — nor would any other living thing. more »»

Winter Lights

December 26, 2015 My kids are on their winter break. Each year, it starts the same, full of an overstimulated joy and excitement that is fueled by sugar, presents, decorations and huge family gatherings. more »»

Know Your Feeder Birds

December 26, 2015 The best time to learn how to identify birds is now. The best place is at the feeders in your backyard. Typically, fewer than 25 species commonly visit winter feeders. more »»

The January Skies

December 26, 2015 Little Mercury is visible after sunset, low in the west, for only the first few evenings of the New Year and then disappears into the solar glar. more »»

Landscape Conservation For 2016

December 20, 2015 The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, in its quest to conserve the most important landscape features collecting, storing, filtering and delivering clean waters to the Chautauqua region’s ground... more »»



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