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Chautauqua Watershed Notes

October 19, 2014 Most of us live busy lives. There is always something to do or somewhere to be. It seems like few people take the time to relax and let Mother Nature soothe their souls. more »»

A Treasure Chest

October 19, 2014 What a bargain! Often an authentic antique sells for less than a modern copy. more »»

Myths Of Baskets

October 18, 2014 I collect the produce from my garden in a wire basket. I store my kindling in a circular basket made of wooden splints. My catch-all container in the mudroom is a sweetgrass baske. more »»

Coping With Cold

October 18, 2014 A frequent question among readers in the aftermath of last winter's deep freeze was, "How do birds survive overnight low temperatures that plunge below zero degrees Fahrenheit?" The answer is a... more »»

The Sounds Of Fall

October 12, 2014 The fields are filled with the crisp clicks of grasshoppers jumping away. It is one of the many distinctly fall sounds that fill the air. more »»

Something Stinky

October 11, 2014 Inside every adult, there is a little kid hiding and waiting to come out. This little one is full of wonder and joy and excitement, but buried under years of knowledge and other experiences. more »»

Alaska’s Glaciers Reveal Recent Climate Change

October 11, 2014 On Sept. 6, my wife and I returned from a vacation in Alaska. We visited glaciers and were overwhelmed by their massive size, beautiful blue color and wilderness setting. more »»

Bird Feeding 101

October 11, 2014 Feeding backyard birds can be as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it. Let’s begin with simplicity. more »»

The Gall Of Some Insects!

October 5, 2014 Have you ever noticed the bulbs that form on the stems of goldenrod? Believe it or not, those bulbs house the larvae of an insect called the goldenrod gall fly. more »»

Falling For Nature

October 4, 2014 When my kids were little, we bid on and won a memorable experience at our church auction — an overnight in Amish country. more »»

Helping Endangered Wildlife One Stamp At A Time

October 4, 2014 With the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon fresh on our minds, I’m pleased to report an easy and inexpensive way that everyone can help prevent future extinctions of... more »»

Autumn With Apples

September 28, 2014 In the kitchen there are canning jars filled with fresh applesauce lining the shelves. An apple pie cools on the counter. Lunch will include a glass of newly pressed apple cide. more »»

September Perfection

September 27, 2014 There is a day in September when everything is perfect. I don’t mean “perfect” in the unattainable sense. more »»

Real Men Eat Bugs

September 27, 2014 Personally, I have yet to reach this status. The closest I have ventured to eating insects is consuming the “Exo” protein bar made with cricket flour in cacao and peanut butter and jelly flavors. more »»

The October Skies

September 27, 2014 You may need binoculars to spot little Mercury near the east-southeast horizon in morning twilight during the last week of October. more »»

Don’t Feed The Deer

September 27, 2014 Shorter days and chilly mornings remind many of us to fill the bird feeders. And for too many people, it’s also a reminder to resume feeding deer. And that makes wildlife biologists cring. more »»

Who’s Who In Lake Organizations

September 21, 2014 People living around Chautauqua Lake often ask, “Why do we have so many lake and watershed organizations?” There are many levels of government and several organizations responsible for or involved... more »»

Settling Down

September 20, 2014 To live off the grid is a declaration of self-sufficiency. more »»

Oaks And Acorns

September 20, 2014 The concept of conservation, using resources sustainably over time, is relatively new. Early on we learned that even super abundant renewable resources can be depleted. more »»

Help Stop The Invasion

September 14, 2014 Ever hear of water chestnuts? I’m not talking about the ones used in Chinese cooking, but the invasive aquatic plants (Trapa natans) that have the capability of rendering waterways unusable by... more »»



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