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Chautauqua Watershed Notes

November 23, 2014 As I pulled on my well-worn muck boots, my mind raced back to my “dog days.” After carefully tucking in my pant legs, I zipped up my rain jacket and pulled a warm black toque down over my ears. more »»

Surrounded By Amazing Places To Visit

November 22, 2014 The Tundra Swans do not know that it is mid-November, but that does not stop them from migrating through our area in Mid-November every yea. more »»

Murmuration: An Extraordinary Flying Spectacle By The Mundane Starling

November 22, 2014 Over 10 years ago while on a woodland hike with a friend in northwestern Pennsylvania, an intense low pitched pitter-patter sound from overhead startled us. more »»

Do We Really Need Deer Farms?

November 22, 2014 When hunters see a deer, they envision a big buck. Non-hunters are more likely to imagine a costly deer-vehicle collision or denuded backyard shrubs. more »»

Chautauqua Watershed Notes

November 16, 2014 Have you noticed the big, jumbled piles of leaves in some of the otherwise bare trees of the Chautauqua Watershed lately? Most of them are squirrel nests. more »»

Comforts Of Rain

November 15, 2014 It sings to me in the fragile time between sleep and consciousness. Steady, soothing and oddly musical, the raindrops hit the tin roof and capture me. more »»

It’s Time For Project FeederWatch

November 15, 2014 Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s citizen science program sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology, has begun a new season. New volunteers are always welcome. FeederWatch project director D. more »»

Chautauqua Watershed Notes

November 9, 2014 In late October, I was conducting some fieldwork with one of our conservation interns at our Dobbins Woods Preserve. more »»

A Season To Remember

November 8, 2014 No season is as full of traditions for me as fall. It’s an odd, mixed up season where we transition from summer to winte. more »»

A Dog’s Greeting Starts With A Sniff

November 8, 2014 The domestic dog is genetically a wolf selectively bred by man to create multiple shapes, sizes and qualities. more »»

How To ID Common Feeder Birds

November 8, 2014 Identifying common backyard birds is relatively simple by using a step-by-step procedure. Let’s use a group of familiar species to demonstrate the process. more »»

Chautauqua Watershed Notes

November 2, 2014 At this time of year, we both admire trees for the spectacularly colorful show they provide to our landscape and curse them for the constant supply of leaves they drop on our lawns. more »»

The Art Of Mindful Seeing

November 1, 2014 It can take as long as 20 minutes to fully give myself permission to forget the worries of the world and be mindful as I walk. To be fully present to this moment. more »»

A Turkey’s Eyes Are The Keys To Staying Alive

November 1, 2014 It should surprise no experienced hunter or birder that wild turkeys have incredible eyesight. One moment you’re looking at a big bird, and the next moment it’s gone. more »»

Fall Leaves — Managing A Beautiful Resource

October 26, 2014 Each fall, property owners repeat the cycle of managing the leaves that drop from the trees into their yards. more »»

The November Skies

October 25, 2014 On Nov. 2, Daylight-Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. for most of the U.S. During the first week of November, look for Mercury low in the east-southeast dawn sky. more »»

What A Hoot

October 25, 2014 Owls have long been recognized in folklore, for better or worse. Depending on the culture, its values and their connection to nature, owls symbolized different, often conflicting concepts. more »»

A Rainforest In Alaska?

October 25, 2014 I have been conditioned to think of a rainforest as tropical and synonymous with a jungle. more »»

Mast Is A Critical Wildlife Food

October 25, 2014 Last week, a caller to my radio show asked that I explain the word “mast.” “I’ve often heard you use the term, but I’m not sure exactly what it means,” she sai. more »»

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 »»



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