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The Ever-Singing Eastern Phoebe

June 14, 2014 Phoebe, phoebe, phoebe, phoebe ... It seems that this bird, the Eastern phoebe, doesn’t quit repeating its name. One was in my yard quite a while ago, but it disappeared. Now it’s back and I’m glad. more »»

Flooding And Green Infrastructure

June 8, 2014 The Chautauqua region suffered from exceptionally heavy rainfall and flooding two weeks ago, so it seems timely to talk about “green infrastructure” and how it relates to flooding, flood damage,... more »»

Much Ado About Moths

June 7, 2014 I’m not sure how I saw it, it all happened so quickly, but out of the corner of my eye I watched a small green-winged creature ricochet off the tractor-trailer driving in front of m. more »»

Horseshoe Crabs Support Wildlife Along Delaware Bay

June 7, 2014 In late May this year I spent two days watching shorebirds feeding along the beaches of Delaware Bay during their migration from the tip of South America, Brazil and the Texas coast on their way to... more »»

Dock Fishing

June 1, 2014 Fishing is fun no matter what the season is, but I think springtime fishing on Chautauqua Lake takes the prize. more »»

Don’t Tread On Them

May 31, 2014 It is an otherworldly sound — it both belongs and doesn’t. At once it instills a fear that renders you motionless, but also attracts you with a deep rooted thrill fueled by adrenaline. Rattlesnake. more »»

The Beautiful Song Of A Wood Thrush

May 31, 2014 The thrush family Turdidae, sure can sing beautifully. For instance, the robin sings its song over and over. Yup. The robin is a thrush. My favorite is the wood thrush. more »»

The Jungles Of Chautauqua Lake ee

May 25, 2014 There is a jungle along Chautauqua Lake down Bemus Point way. more »»

The Canada Goose

May 24, 2014 Duck, duck, goose! The Canada goose is a common sight in our neck of the woods; many of us can recognize their familiar calls or even their v-shaped flying formations as a sure sign that the... more »»

Who Sleeps Like A Baby?

May 24, 2014 I wish that I could! My problem for the past several years is awakening around 2 a.m. then struggling to fall back asleep again.This bothered me enough to ask my family physician about a remedy. more »»

Caterpillars, Birds, And Trees

May 24, 2014 I recently heard a lecture by Jim McCormac, a biologist with the Ohio DNR. He argued that caterpillars, forest birds, and trees were dependent upon each other for survival. more »»

The Poop On Otters

May 18, 2014 Scat is a funny word. It can be something you yell at a stray cat, or it can refer to nonsensical syllables sung in jazz music. more »»

Passion: It Makes All The Difference

May 17, 2014 Passion can be defined in many ways. The definition that pops up around me the most is “intense enthusiasm: a strong liking or enthusiasm for a subject or activity. more »»

The Falcon Family

May 17, 2014 I’d like to introduce you to the falcon family. Please meet the birds which we might see in our area — the peregrine falcon and American kestrel. more »»

Lawns For The Living

May 11, 2014 Springtime is here, and the backyard beckons. Our lawns and landscapes grow more lush and lovely and greener with each new da. more »»

The Underworld

May 10, 2014 I love this time of year. It is obviously spring, the forest turning from brown to green. Warm days seem as gifts not to be spent inside but outside finding something new each day. more »»

The Compound Archery Bow: An Upgrade To A Classic

May 10, 2014 In the beginning, prehistoric man hunted with stones and wooden spears. Archeologists are not sure when man first used the bow and arrow for hunting, but likely it occurred in Africa. more »»

What Lives In Your Watershed?

May 4, 2014 Last Sunday was a beautiful spring day in the Chautauqua Lake watershed. more »»

Populating Your Life

May 3, 2014 Life is a rocky path at best; never graded, paved or plowed. At times it is a little smoother, other times the gaping holes seem to appear out of nowhere, ready to swallow me whol. more »»

The Ever-Singing Eastern Phoebe

May 3, 2014 My first hearing of the Eastern phoebe was down the road on Route 474, right across from the town barns. The second was around the corner from my home. Finally, I heard it on my own property. more »»



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