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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 »»

Bizarre Trees

December 19, 2015 Trees can be the backdrop to our outdoor adventures. They are key in defining the fores. more »»

‘Easy’ Training For An Endurance Exercise Event

December 19, 2015 An Ironman distance triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile open-water swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile run, all of which must be completed in 17 hour. more »»

The Morning Of Christmas

December 19, 2015 Every year, readers ask me to reprint my Christmas poem, which first appeared in 1988. more »»

Walking In The Watershed

December 13, 2015 When I was a kid, I felt that walking was a waste of time. Why walk when you can run? You get where you are going much faster, and you can get twice as much done. more »»

A Sense Of Place

December 12, 2015 I had a peak experience while on horseback in the summer heat and sun of Bryce Canyon. more »»

My ‘Bird Cage’ Feeding Station

December 12, 2015 Over the last 30 years, deer and raccoons have cost me a small fortune. Though I never intentionally feed these backyard visitors, they’re difficult to discourage. more »»

Fall Changes Below The Surface Of Chautauqua Lake

December 6, 2015 It’s late fall and the time of year when visual reminders of winter’s onset are evident across the landscape. more »»

Winter Lights

December 5, 2015 Some experiences cannot be shared afterward. There is magic in the moment when excitement, joy and delight come together. That is why vacation photos can be hard to sit through. more »»

Eating Fish Can Cause Health Hazards

December 5, 2015 An explanation is necessary concerning precautions in regard to consuming fish. more »»

Counting Winter Birds

December 5, 2015 Two important citizen science projects — the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) — are fast approaching. The 116th CBC runs from Dec. more »»

The Truth About Storm Drains

November 29, 2015 You can see it all over right now: storm drains clogged with leaves, debris and litter. more »»

Books For The Holidays

November 28, 2015 As the holidays approach, here are some books I recommend for any nature lover on your gift list. more »»

The December Skies

November 28, 2015 Faint little Mercury will appear near the southwestern horizon around the middle of December during evening twilight. By the end of the month it begins to sink lower each night. more »»

Patterns In Nature

November 28, 2015 Adult coloring books are a big thing right now. I do not claim to know the reasons, but I have noticed that many of the coloring books for adults are complex designs, often not images, but patterns. more »»

A Funnel, A Slide And A Sponge

November 22, 2015 Several years ago, I led Chautauqua Lake watershed tours for visitors to Jamestown Audubon. We traveled from hilltops to valley bottoms and then to the shores of Chautauqua Lake. more »»

A Golden Glow

November 21, 2015 There was a golden glow across the hillside as I traveled along Interstate 86 in early November. I thought it was the way the setting sun was illuminating the hillside. more »»

Why Pay A Farmer To Let Land Revert To Grassland?

November 21, 2015 In early November, I drove 1,800 miles round trip with my English pointer dog to Renwick in north-central Iowa to visit my college fraternity brother, Bob, his wife, Marilyn, and their son, David. more »»



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