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Rare visitors from Canada

January 12, 2013 The white-winged common crossbill ordinarily does not migrate. It is quite content in the Canadian provinces and the northern Great Lakes. more »»

More Going On In Winter Than Meets The Eye

January 6, 2013 This time of year when the days are short and often cloudy, I feeling like curling up with a book in bed all day, waiting for spring’s return. more »»

Birding characters

January 5, 2013 Birds are strange and bizarre animals. Perhaps they are no stranger than people, but birds are entertaining to watch. more »»

Dead Sea region supports bountiful life, business

January 5, 2013 The Dead Sea, located between Israel and Jordan, appears like an accidental geographic feature. more »»


December 30, 2012 “Myco-what?” “Mycofiltration,” I said. Blank stare. “Mushrooms. Using mycelium to filter runoff from — you probably don’t know what mycelium is either ...” Blank stare. more »»

The January skies

December 29, 2012 The planet Mercury cannot be viewed this month since it is behind the sun, in relation to Earth. Brilliant Venus can be spotted very low in the southeast at dawn during the first week of January. more »»

Different and new

December 29, 2012 I sit here typing this article on a new laptop, courtesy of a generous grant from the Sheldon Foundation. How wonderful it is. It has a new version of Windows. more »»

More irruptions from the North: Common redpolls

December 29, 2012 The common redpoll is irrupting again. This is because it’s partial to seeds — especially from coniferous trees. more »»

Winter Dormancy

December 23, 2012 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 »»

Take a nature break

December 22, 2012 I recently read an article about the benefits of time outdoors in this month’s Outside magazine. more »»

The Christmas bird count

December 22, 2012 The Christmas Bird Count is an annual bird census held within 10 days of Christmas over the past 113 years in Canada, the United States and Latin America. more »»

Enjoying Nature: There’s An App For That

December 16, 2012 According to Apple’s trademark catchphrase, there’s an app for everything under the sun. Like many people, I use my smartphone throughout the day to stay organized, connected and entertaine. more »»

Making distinctions

December 15, 2012 My eldest daughter, back when she was very young, made families out of everything. Some of the families made sense. Barbie, Ken and Skipper were mom, dad and daughter, of cours. more »»

A year of irruptive evening grosbeaks

December 15, 2012 Carol Hardenburg reported hosting evening grosbeaks on her property in Brocton on Nov. 19. The rare evening grosbeaks (8 inches) are back — but just briefly. more »»

Sharing The Love Of Nature

December 9, 2012 No matter how you look at it, having grandchildren is wonderful. more »»

Phase changes

December 8, 2012 At Audubon’s annual Thanksgiving event, I casually mentioned to an elementary school teacher that I had been out earlier photographing the hoarfros. more »»

Antlers: Beautiful, curious, desirable

December 8, 2012 Quickly approaching is the arrival of “a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer” pulling Santa Claus on Christmas Eve to the homes of all who expect him. more »»

Our Fowl Fall Lake

December 2, 2012 All professionals love their pet acronyms. The world is full of IEPs, IEDs, IBMs and more (Individualized Education Plan, Improvised Explosive Device and International Business Machines. more »»

Freedom to ‘muck’

December 1, 2012 I recently went on vacation to Yosemite National Park in southern California. more »»

Tundra swans are back

December 1, 2012 Hot off the press! Tundra swans, previously known as whistling swans, are being seen on Chautauqua Lake. First, friends reported a large flock north near Chautauqu. more »»



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