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Ordinarily Extraordinary

June 14, 2015 Some things become valuable, not because of what they are, but because of their rarity. A 100-year-old coin is worth far more than it once was, simply because it has endured the test of time. more »»

Blooming Laurels

June 13, 2015 One of my friends is on a cross-country adventure with her daughter. more »»

Bullfrogs Signal The Beginning Of Summer

June 13, 2015 Camp near or drive by a farm pond or lake on a summer evening, and you’re likely to hear two distinctive sounds. more »»

What’s The Scoop On Poop?

June 7, 2015 Recently, I was at our Dobbins Woods Preserve with Elyse Henshaw from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. more »»

What Would You Remember Most?

June 6, 2015 You are leaving Earth forever. In fact, everyone is. There is just a short time left before we abandon this planet and leave for another we’ve found. more »»

Forest Fairy Pharmacy In Allegany State Park

June 6, 2015 “I caught four salamanders and you caught only two,” said my 6-year-old grandson to harass his 5-year-old brother on the salamander discovery field trip during the recent Allegany Nature Pilgrimage. more »»

Summer Feeding — Yea Or Nay?

June 6, 2015 Frequent questions this time of year include, “Is it OK to feed birds all summer long?” and, “Is it necessary to feed birds all summer?” The simple answers are “yes, and n. more »»

Conservation Strategies For Forest Owners

May 31, 2015 Healthy streams and lakes flow from healthy watersheds. Healthy forests collect, filter and deliver clean waters to our ground waters, streams and lakes. more »»

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 »»



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