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Raising Mantids

May 9, 2015 “So they hatched in my house. Would you like them?” This was the final part of a story I heard from someone on the phone this past winter. more »»

The Wild Leek: A Delicious Culinary Treasure Of The Spring Woodland

May 9, 2015 Wild leeks, also called “ramps,” commonly grow in woodlots from southern Canada through Appalachia and into the mountains of Georgia. more »»

Birding By Ear From Bed

May 9, 2015 Wood thrushes returned the last week in April, so I know spring has officially arrived. The day they returned, I heard their evening vespers just before dusk. more »»

Planting For Healthy Waters

May 3, 2015 In some parts of New York state, the Department of Environmental Conservation offers a program called, “Trees for Tribs” (tribs as in tributaries), a program where landowners can get free and... more »»

Dead Collection

May 2, 2015 I like dead things. I was thrilled when I walked into my garden, caught of whiff of decay and tracked the aroma to a weasel carcass. A weasel — a big weasel. more »»

Some Days Are Diamonds

May 2, 2015 Earlier this week, I attended the New River Birding and Nature Festival in southern West Virginia as a speaker and guide. more »»

The Little Known Value Of Native Bees

April 26, 2015 Many people are aware of the dramatic concerns over recent declines in European honeybee populations across this nation. more »»

The May Skies

April 25, 2015 Look for little Mercury to the lower right of bright Venus in the western evening twilight during the first two weeks in May. It then is lost in the solar glare as it swings between the sun and Earth. more »»

Wildflower Connections

April 25, 2015 Somebody famous once said, “The earth laughs in flowers.” But who really cares about that? He should have said that the forest cannot function without flowers. more »»

Trash To Cash: Chautauqua County Creates Eco-Friendly Landfill Part II

April 25, 2015 Chautauqua County runs the only publicly owned landfill in New York, which operates as an enterprise fund supplied by user fee. more »»

Jousting Jakes

April 25, 2015 About two weeks ago, I heard the first turkey gobble of the year. It must have been right on the edge of the yard because I heard it while still lying in bed just before dawn. more »»

April, The Mud Month

April 19, 2015 “Hey, it’s good to be back home again,” said John Denver. My sentiments exactly. For me, it’s a feeling of deep calm and contentment, especially after being gone for a long tim. more »»

A Reason To Bird

April 18, 2015 At Audubon Nature Center, people think we are all about birds. It is understandable. more »»

Karma In The Woods

April 18, 2015 If mice and other small rodents knew fear, they would lead lives of constant desperation. Rather than live in fear, though, I think they survive through vigilance. more »»

NYS Ban On Invasive Species Goes Into Effect

April 12, 2015 As of March 10, it is no longer be legal to buy, sell or transport 126 species identified as “invasive” by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. more »»

Hummingbirds Are Coming

April 11, 2015 Spring migration is underway. Turkey vultures and killdeer have been back for weeks. I heard an eastern phoebe on March 12. more »»

Taking Root

April 11, 2015 The trees planted me. I recently watched a TED talk about a group of babushkas, or grandmothers, who are/were living in their ancestral homes. more »»

Trash To Cash: Chautauqua County Creates Eco-Friendly Landfill

April 11, 2015 I am thankful, proud and pleased to be a resident of Chautauqua County because our government created a modern landfill which protects our environment, promotes recycling of trash and processes soli... more »»

Chautauqua Watershed Notes

April 5, 2015 Rarely in my life has everyone been so excited for spring that it becomes such an obsession. more »»

Let’s Get Dirty

April 4, 2015 In 2013-14, almost 9,000 people came to the Nature Center to attend a program or event. Another 1,400 came because of a rental. The guest book was signed by almost 3,400 people. more »»



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