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Enchanted Forest

September 13, 2014 This summer I had the good fortune to go on vacation with 16 members of my family. Some may think of this as a week to be tolerated. For me, this was a trip to anticipate with pleasure and enjoy. more »»

Monarch Butterflies On The Rebound?

September 13, 2014 The last few years have been tough on monarch butterflies. Roundup, a widely used agricultural herbicide, kills the milkweed plants monarchs require for egg-layin. more »»

Mother Nature Creates Artistic Masterpieces In Subterranean Caverns

September 13, 2014 Mother Nature is beautiful; Mother Nature is harsh; Mother Nature is creative. Observing geological formations around the world causes us to be in awe and amazed at her other talents as an artist. more »»

A Grandparent’s Impact

September 7, 2014 I spent so much time at my grandparents’ house as a child, and it seems that most of my memories from there are of playing outdoors. My grandmother had a cabinet full of jars in the basement. more »»

Winter Kills, Or Does It?

September 6, 2014 Last winter many readers wrote to ask how wildlife could survive the frigid polar vortices. more »»

True Colors

September 6, 2014 The fall sort of snuck up on me this year. I was driving into work, it was a Thursday, and I was lost in thought for most of the ride. more »»

Fishing With Dad

August 31, 2014 My dad can think up any excuse to go fishing. “Well, I was driving home on 394 and passed over Goose Creek. more »»

Take Out The Trash

August 30, 2014 This summer I started a list. 1.The south branch of Cattaraugus Creek. 2. A small, unnamed beach on Lake Erie. 3. Arkwright Falls. 4. The Chadakoin River. 5. Conewango Creek. 6. more »»

The Bell Tolls For Passenger Pigeons

August 30, 2014 One hundred years ago, on Sept. 1 1914, the last known passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo. “Martha” was reported to have been at least 17 years old. more »»

How Do Batteries Light Up My Life?

August 30, 2014 Batteries are a common and essential household object used to run cordless power tools, clocks, flashlights, cellphones, laptop computers and start automobile engines. more »»

The Floral Reserves Beneath Us

August 24, 2014 Most of us can appreciate the value of the full complement of plants present in a diverse and varied forest. more »»

Butterfly Festival

August 23, 2014 Rebirth. It’s not a word that is often heard in casual conversation, but it signals a momentous change. Rebirth is when your old life is left behind and you are setting out on new adventures. more »»

Wilderness Act Of 1964 Marks 50 Years

August 23, 2014 Fifty years ago, on Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964. more »»

Natural Shoreline Helps Chautauqua Lake Health

August 17, 2014 In the fight against the degradation of Chautauqua Lake’s waters, lakeshore gardens are the final defenders against the onslaught of nutrient-filled storm runoff. more »»

Harmful Algal Blooms

August 16, 2014 During the first four days of August, the Western Basin of Lake Erie made national news. A harmful algal bloom (HAB) threatened the water supply near Toledo, Ohio. more »»

Will Automobiles Ever Achieve 100 Miles Per Gallon?

August 16, 2014 Recently, I learned how a local gentleman accepted a personal challenge to conserve limited global reserves of oil by producing a highly fuel efficient motor vehicl. more »»

Natural Instincts

August 16, 2014 When I was 7 years old, my favorite thing in the world was a treehouse. My neighbor’s treehouse wasn’t very big, maybe 12 feet by 12 feet. more »»

Dock Fishing — Part II

August 10, 2014 As promised, I am back to report on the neighborhood fishing rivalry. And, up until this morning, I didn’t have great news from my dock. more »»

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

August 9, 2014 Bending in the wind with its twigs and branches flexing at its rounded top, the Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) tree is an iconic species inhabiting the eastern United States. more »»

Spittlebugs, Galls And Evening Singers

August 9, 2014 Insects thrive during the warmth of summer, and many are conspicuous and familiar. more »»



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