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Winter Stage

February 28, 2015 The scene: It is a snow-covered sunny morning, relatively warm given the recent weather. The sky is a cerulean blue and the trees, gray in their winter garb, cast long shadows across the drifts. more »»

Cuckoo Clock Repair Made Me Cuckoo

February 28, 2015 My 25-year-old cuckoo clock hung on the dining room wall silent for over two years. more »»

Early Signs Of Spring

February 28, 2015 With lakes and rivers still mostly frozen, it may seem overly optimistic to think of spring. But it’s coming. Days are getting noticeably longer, and that’s the key. more »»

Seeing The Trees

February 22, 2015 In 1546, John Heywood wrote in his “Book of Proverbs,” “You can’t see the forest (wood) for the trees.” Unfortunately, many of us can’t see the forest or the trees. more »»

Loving Winter

February 21, 2015 I usually stand alone in my love of winter. While others bemoan the cold or the snow, a delighted smile wells up from my heart when a real winter day dawns with snow that is fresh and deep. more »»

Lost In A Whiteout

February 21, 2015 Back in 1992, my family and I vacationed in North Dakota. One of the highlights was encountering local folk singer Chuck Suchy. His music celebrates rural life, farms, prairies and people. more »»

A Hemlock’s Worst Nightmare

February 15, 2015 Allow me to introduce myself. I’m an evil little speck that humans refer to as a “Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.” I prefer the title “Hemlock Assassin,” as my sisters and I can take down these mighty tree. more »»

Warm In Winter

February 14, 2015 There is a spot outside where it is always 53 degrees, whatever the season. This is considered a microclimate, a tiny piece of habitat that is different than what surrounds i. more »»

Glow Sticks Provide Light For Military, Law Enforcement And Holiday Use

February 14, 2015 The Christmas Eve Nativity reenactment at one daughter and son-in-law’s church this past December concluded by singing “Silent Night” while lights dimmed in the meeting hall. more »»

Winter Gulls

February 14, 2015 Harsh winters, meaning those with bone-chilling temperatures and serious amounts of snow such as last year and this year, bring the same question on an almost daily basis: “Why do I see ‘seagulls’ a... more »»

Get Educated, Get Involved

February 8, 2015 The lakes and streams in Chautauqua County are some of our region’s most valuable assets. These waterways have been impacted for decades by the landscapes which “shed” water to the. more »»

From Sap To Syrup

February 7, 2015 I love to be the bearer of good news, and I have a lot of it for you — that is, if you like maple syrup. But first, a little nostalgia. more »»

Nesting Season Has Begun

February 7, 2015 It may be mid-winter, but the nesting season for birds is underway. Great horned owls and bald eagles are already incubating eggs. Smaller songbirds wait until spring to begin nestin. more »»

Frozen: It’s All The Rage

February 1, 2015 It’s all the rage. It’s in every corner of every store, and every little girl on the planet is in love with it. more »»

Not Just Birds

January 31, 2015 Do you know Audubon Nature Center? We aren’t Audubon, the national “bird” folks. And we aren’t just the swamp or the bird sanctuary. more »»

Alligators And Crocodiles Inspire Wonder, Trepidation

January 31, 2015 The American alligator lives harmoniously with students unfenced in Lake Alice on the campus of the University of Florida. more »»

The Stars Of Ground Hog Day

January 31, 2015 Ground Hog Day is all about an overgrown ground squirrel surviving winter. more »»

The February Skies

January 31, 2015 Just before the middle of February, Mercury will appear close to the east-southeast dawn horizon. You may need binoculars to spot it. more »»

Tracking In The Nose- Hair Freezing Cold

January 25, 2015 The sun is rising as I write this, spreading a pink glow over the hills. It is cold, nose-hair freezing cold. more »»

The Great Backyard Bird Count

January 24, 2015 The 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count takes place Feb. 13-16 so you can celebrate your love of birds on Valentine’s Day. more »»



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