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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 »»

Transformation

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 »»

Trash To Cash: Chautauqua County Creates Eco-Friendly Landfill Part II

April 25, 2015 Chautauqua County runs the only publicly owned landfill in New York, which operates as an enterprise fund supplied by user fee. more »»

Jousting Jakes

April 25, 2015 About two weeks ago, I heard the first turkey gobble of the year. It must have been right on the edge of the yard because I heard it while still lying in bed just before dawn. more »»

April, The Mud Month

April 19, 2015 “Hey, it’s good to be back home again,” said John Denver. My sentiments exactly. For me, it’s a feeling of deep calm and contentment, especially after being gone for a long tim. more »»

 
 
 

 

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