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How Much Land?

May 21, 2016 I recently did some traveling that required an airplane flight. As I left my land-bound life on the East Coast I looked down on Eart. more »»

Hobbies Enrich Our Lives; Mine Is Bird Watching

May 21, 2016 In early May this year I spent two days bird watching with friends Fran and Ranjit. more »»

17-Year Periodical Cicadas

May 21, 2016 It’s not often insects make news, but for weeks I’ve been hearing and reading about the imminent emergence of 17-year periodical cicadas. more »»

Do A Good Deed

May 15, 2016 Last spring, I had an amazing experience. After reading an article in The Post-Journal about a Chautauqua Lake cleanup hosted by the Conewango Creek Watershed Association, I marked my calendar. more »»

The Summer Squeeze

May 14, 2016 Summer compresses time in that weird way where it lasts forever and flies by at the same time. There are so many things to do in the warmer seasons that it is hard to fit everything in. more »»

Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks Seem Common This Year

May 14, 2016 On April 27, a male rose-breasted grosbeak appeared on a feeder just outside my office windo. more »»

Woodland Awakenings

May 8, 2016 Springtime in the forests of Western New York is a time of gentle rebirth and renewal, so welcome and wondrous after the long gray months of winter dormancy, darkness and col. more »»

Picture Perfect

May 7, 2016 I typed this question into an Internet search engine: “How many photos are uploaded to the Internet every day?” The top answer was from a November 2015 article published in The Atlantic: “In 2014,... more »»

Time: We Never Have Enough

May 7, 2016 Several weeks ago, while my wife and I were watching two of our grandchildren, I noticed sand glasses or sand clocks in their play area. more »»

New Books For Spring, Summer

May 7, 2016 Publishers of nature-themed books seem to be in overdrive this spring. Here are some of the best I’ve had a chance to review. more »»

Invasive Species Threaten Our Spring Ephemerals

May 1, 2016 Ahh, spring at last! In our region, this is normally the time of year when the sun has just begun to warm the earth’s surface. more »»

The May Skies

April 30, 2016 A rare Transit of Mercury will be visible on Monday, May 9, beginning at approximately 7:12 a.m. and ending at approximately 2:42 p.m. more »»

April Showers

April 30, 2016 Water falls toward soil. And in the act of kissing of the earth, there is an exhalation. more »»

Spark Birds Make Birders

April 30, 2016 May is when many birders are born. The aroma of lilacs fills the air and spring migration shifts into overdrive. more »»

Don’t Burn Out Your Ditch

April 24, 2016 There is a growing, and worrisome, trend in this count. more »»

Wildflower Explosion

April 23, 2016 Last year, the Audubon Nature Center planned a wildflower hike to one of the most beautiful wildflower spots in the area. more »»

Will Handwriting Remain An Important Skill Or Vanish From Daily Life?

April 23, 2016 Several weeks ago an article in the Wall Street Journal explained that college students at Princeton University who took notes by hand during course lectures remembered more after the lecture and 24... more »»

Recognizing And Celebrating Earth Day

April 23, 2016 On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans launched the modern environmental movement. more »»

April Showers Bring ... Snow?

April 17, 2016 First, because it is mid-April and a few days ago it was 20 degrees and snowing, I feel that I need to apologize to everyone who spent the long winter in Chautauqua County. more »»

Sign In, Please

April 16, 2016 “How many people will be impacted by your project?” As the primary grant writer at the Nature Center, I have to answer that question a lot. For some of our projects, it’s easy to find that number. more »»



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