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January 24, 2015 Winter seems to bring upon us a natural slowing down of life. Maybe it is just an echo of our more ancient, stronger connection to the natural world. more »»

Good, Cold Fun

January 18, 2015 Winter is a beautiful season, but we usually end up spending far less time outdoors at this time of year. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. more »»

What You See

January 17, 2015 “It is not warmer outside! It is less cold.” My wife stridently objects to me saying that the weather is warmer on a 25-degree winter day. more »»

The Final Puff On A Cigarette Can Be Good For Your Health

January 17, 2015 For several years I have collected articles in newspapers and medical journals which discussed the lethality of smoking and government efforts to discourage this habit. more »»

Winter Dormancy, Or Hibernation

January 17, 2015 Sub-zero temperatures always get me thinking about how wildlife copes with severe winter conditions. Black bears have developed an admirable strateg. more »»

Audubon Nature Center Now Taking Bird Seed Orders For Fundraiser

January 14, 2015 Winter can be a challenging time for wild birds to find food. more »»

Winter Dormancy

January 11, 2015 Have you ever wondered how maples, oaks, lilacs, dogwoods and other trees and shrubs survive our long, cold, snowy winters? Actually, these woody plants are very sensitive to the changing... more »»

Busy Beavers

January 10, 2015 My daughter and I sat by the water’s edge at dusk reflecting on the wonderful day we had just spent hiking and exploring. We had already cooked and eaten our dinner and cleaned up camp. more »»

Bird-Eating Hawks Just Do What Comes Naturally

January 10, 2015 The evidence is usually obvious. A pile of brown feathers indicates a mourning dove. Red feathers mean cardinal. Yellow suggests a goldfinch. more »»

Chautauqua Watershed Notes

January 4, 2015 The New Year. A time to look back with appreciation and look forward with anticipation. more »»

Starting The Year

January 3, 2015 I have started this article six times. I have looked to past New Year’s articles to see if I could reprint one. I have asked if anyone has a spare article that they would want to put i. more »»

Roasted Chestnuts Provide Gourmet Experiences

January 3, 2015 “The Christmas Song” first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946 begins, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nos. more »»

When Two Or More Gather

January 3, 2015 Many of us owe our interest in nature to books or films we experienced as children. more »»

Chautauqua Watershed Notes

December 28, 2014 As I age and become less flexible, I do try to be more careful about my outdoor endeavors. more »»

The January Skies

December 27, 2014 Five of the solar system’s planets are visible to the unaided eye and all five can be seen in the night sky this month if the clouds cooperate. more »»

What’s In A Name?

December 27, 2014 In the darkest days of winter, when one needs comforting, I turn to my favorite children’s book, “Anne of Green Gables. more »»

On Making Feeders Selective

December 27, 2014 If you’re bothered by pigeons, crows or starlings at your feeders, I have three solutions. The no-cost answer is to simply welcome all birds to your backyar. more »»

Chautauqua Watershed Notes

December 21, 2014 Right around this time last year, I resolved to walk barefoot every week of the year. I failed, but I learned a lot while failing. Snow can be so cold that it feels like fire. more »»


December 20, 2014 Driving down Route 62 the other day, along the edge of the Allegheny State Forest, I was impressed by the forest, the wildness, the vastness of the treed landscape. more »»

The Turkey Vulture Thrives In The Midst Of Death

December 20, 2014 The turkey vulture, a common Chautauqua County hawk-like bird, is a marvel of evolution since it has found a dietary niche to consume dead animals, known as carrio. more »»



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