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Watching Winter Birds

November 14, 2015 After an unseasonably warm early November, winter birds have returned to my feeders. more »»

Weather Lore

November 8, 2015 The heavy snow in some areas of Chautauqua County in mid-October came as a surprise to many, but not to me. I had marked on my calendar “snow expected” for those days back in the end of Jul. more »»

Learning Long-Term Value

November 7, 2015 If you walk into a forest, what do you see? There is no right answer to that question — it is such an individual experience. A forester might first see all the tall, clear hardwoods. more »»

Trail Cameras Capture Images Of Unexpected Animal Visitors

November 7, 2015 When I attached a trail camera to a tree in mid-October on a mowed trail just off my back yard, I was hoping to discover deer or even a buck that could be hunted. more »»

It’s November?

November 7, 2015 My calendar tells me it’s November, but I have doubts. On Tuesday and Wednesday the thermometer on my back porch read 80 degrees. I wore shorts and a T-shirt. more »»

The Outlet

November 1, 2015 One of the Chautauqua Watershed’s most wonderful places is the transition zone between Chautauqua Lake and the Chadakoin River, known to most simply as “the Outlet. more »»

The November Skies

October 31, 2015 The planet Mercury is behind the sun in relation to Earth and cannot be seen this month. It will reappear near to the southwestern horizon in evening twilight toward the end of December. more »»

A Dark Point Of View

October 31, 2015 Point of view. Those three simple words contain so much power. more »»

The Persimmon Pucker

October 31, 2015 From Oct. 18-19, temperatures dipped well-below freezing for the season’s first hard frost. That sent me to check on a small grove of persimmon trees not far from the house. more »»

The Science Of Autumn

October 25, 2015 It’s the season of hoodies and pumpkin-spiced everything. As much as I hate to admit that summer is over, I can’t ignore it any longer. Nature won’t let me. more »»

Raptors Everywhere

October 24, 2015 How many times do you look up in the sky, see a large bird and get excited? When I do, I find myself hoping it is a bald eagle or something more unusual, such as a northern harrie. more »»

Florida’s 2016 Python Challenge

October 24, 2015 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for a few fearless hunters. But if you’re afraid of snakes, stick to traditional hunts. From Jan. 16 through Feb. more »»

Examining The Function Of Ears In A Variety Of Animals

October 24, 2015 Ears, unique to mammals, are a strange-looking appendage, especially human ears, which have irregular contours and may stick out. more »»

Autumn Energy

October 17, 2015 The fall to-do list looms. Finish scraping and painting the house. Put the garden to bed. Clean the register vents. Check the furnace. Clean the chimney. Mulch the leaves and put them in the compos. more »»

Respecting Crows

October 17, 2015 Several times each year I’m pleasantly surprised when I get a letter or email from a reader asking how to attract more crows. Such letters make me smile. more »»

Make Time For Autumn

October 11, 2015 Sometimes, I don’t take time to appreciate what is happening outside. September was a stellar month. Blue skies and abundant sunshine accompanied days of warm, dry weather. more »»

Apples To Apples

October 10, 2015 Apples. I would say that they are one of the first foods humans experience. Applesauce is a common baby food and only seems to get more popular as children add years to their lives. more »»

Man Can Rest With The Birds In A Treehouse

October 10, 2015 In the evening shortly before sunset my prehistoric ancestors in Africa where the savannah progresses into woodland walked up tree trunks to spend the nigh. more »»

A Marbled Murrelet Rap

October 10, 2015 Social media has become an effective way for interest groups to reach new audiences. So I wasn’t surprised when a Facebook feed sent me to a YouTube video promoting conservatio. more »»

Adventures With Bird Feeding

October 3, 2015 My daughter and I have a bird-feeding station in our backyard. We can see it from the kitchen windows or from the back porc. more »»



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