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Nature Rocks!

July 5, 2014 The crack in the giant rock led off into the distance, barely wide enough for an adult to squeeze through. My kids looked at me, their faces lit up by unrestrained joy and eagerness to explore. more »»

Red Flares Require Safe Handling

July 5, 2014 Another celebration of the Fourth of July on Chautauqua Lake highlighted by burning emergency highway flares along its shores has endured this beautiful local custom. more »»

Bioluminescence: Living Lights

July 5, 2014 At recent Fourth of July fireworks displays, spectators squealed with delight at the annual spectacle that illuminated the night sky. more »»

Making Space For Wildlife

June 29, 2014 “Build it, and they will come.” It’s a phrase often repeated by dreamers. more »»

Project Time

June 28, 2014 I’m great at starting projects. I’m not so great at finishing them. I have baskets full of half-knitted items, patterns and fabric waiting to be made into clothing, gardens that need tending. more »»

Warblers Are Abundant Again

June 28, 2014 Finally, the warblers are abundant, again. We deserve them after the long, frigid winter. One of my favorites is the hooded warbler, in the Wilsonia family. more »»

Wild Stewardship

June 22, 2014 As we entered the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Wells Bay Preserve, we headed straight to the lakeshore. Sort of. more »»

A Rose By Any Other Name

June 21, 2014 I think we’ve all heard the quote “a rose by any other name would smell as swee. more »»

Have An Avocado For Health From Head To Toe

June 21, 2014 Looks can be deceiving when choosing a fruit such as an avocado. The dark green wrinkled skin on the pear size avocado gives the impression the fruit is ready for the trash or compost pile. more »»

Sea Monsters

June 15, 2014 Chautauqua Lake is being invaded! These invaders do not come armed with guns and knives. They don’t even have arms. Their takeover is not violent, but it is destructive. more »»

Lighting Up The Night

June 14, 2014 I was camping in Allegheny National Forest last summer when it happened. The tent was full of the sounds of a family deeply asleep. more »»

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 »»



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