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The June Skies

May 30, 2015 Mercury is between the Earth and the sun and is not visible due to the solar glare. Each evening during June, Venus and Jupiter put on a show in the western sky. more »»

Capturing Beauty

May 30, 2015 I am ridiculously excited by the lineup of instructors for the nature center’s June 20 Photography Intensive. The talent and experience of the instructors is top notch. more »»

A Tale Of Two Sisters

May 30, 2015 Based solely on my own experience, I suspect most people hate snakes. That’s how I explain the many images of severed and decapitated snakes people proudly send me each year. more »»

Are You Fertilizing The Lake?

May 24, 2015 Is lawn fertilization contributing to Chautauqua Lake’s algae blooms? Chautauqua Lake has experienced seasonal algae blooms for decades. more »»


May 23, 2015 Metamorphosis. It is the process of transformation. Life seems to be a never-ending process of transformation over time. more »»

How Did The Salamanders Succumb?

May 23, 2015 In early April this year, after snow melted, while taking my dog for a walk in the woods in Ellery, belly-up salamanders were evident in 1 foot of water at the edge of a shallow tennis court-sized... more »»

Hands Off, It’s Baby Season

May 23, 2015 Each spring, forests, fields and backyards come alive with wildlife babies. more »»

Walk On The Wild Side

May 17, 2015 In early spring, one of my favorite adventures is to take a walk in the woods. I own a few acres on Big Tree Road so I can “get my fix” any time I choose. more »»

Gardening Bales

May 16, 2015 I didn’t grow up gardening. My parents tried for years and years to start a garden, always discovering the spot they had chosen was too wet or too dry or too inviting for thieving deer. more »»

Timely Books For Summer

May 16, 2015 If the book-buying bug bites you as summer approaches, here are some timely titles suitable for this time of year: “ How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature” by... more »»

Toads Don’t Croak

May 10, 2015 Toads croak. Ask anyone. They croak in movies. They croak in cartoons. They croak in songs and stories. more »»

Raising Mantids

May 9, 2015 “So they hatched in my house. Would you like them?” This was the final part of a story I heard from someone on the phone this past winter. more »»

The Wild Leek: A Delicious Culinary Treasure Of The Spring Woodland

May 9, 2015 Wild leeks, also called “ramps,” commonly grow in woodlots from southern Canada through Appalachia and into the mountains of Georgia. more »»

Birding By Ear From Bed

May 9, 2015 Wood thrushes returned the last week in April, so I know spring has officially arrived. The day they returned, I heard their evening vespers just before dusk. more »»

Planting For Healthy Waters

May 3, 2015 In some parts of New York state, the Department of Environmental Conservation offers a program called, “Trees for Tribs” (tribs as in tributaries), a program where landowners can get free and... more »»

Dead Collection

May 2, 2015 I like dead things. I was thrilled when I walked into my garden, caught of whiff of decay and tracked the aroma to a weasel carcass. A weasel — a big weasel. more »»

Some Days Are Diamonds

May 2, 2015 Earlier this week, I attended the New River Birding and Nature Festival in southern West Virginia as a speaker and guide. more »»

The Little Known Value Of Native Bees

April 26, 2015 Many people are aware of the dramatic concerns over recent declines in European honeybee populations across this nation. more »»

The May Skies

April 25, 2015 Look for little Mercury to the lower right of bright Venus in the western evening twilight during the first two weeks in May. It then is lost in the solar glare as it swings between the sun and Earth. more »»

Wildflower Connections

April 25, 2015 Somebody famous once said, “The earth laughs in flowers.” But who really cares about that? He should have said that the forest cannot function without flowers. more »»



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