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Finches: Gold And Purple

February 22, 2014 Looking out my window this morning, I can see about a dozen goldfinches. Finches, in the family Fringillidae, are relatives of crossbills, grosbeaks, siskins and redpolls. Nice family. more »»

Water In Winter

February 16, 2014 Water has many unusual properties that make it suitable as the medium for lif. more »»

What’s The?Buzz?

February 15, 2014 With the frigid temperatures you’ve likely been reading on your thermometer (if it reads that low), you may wonder how anything could survive long in the out-of-doors during these, the coldest days... more »»

Therapy Dogs Are?Friends To Everyone

February 15, 2014 Owners of pet dogs truly love their dogs because dogs come to be petted, handled and spoken to. Dogs accept people regardless of personal faults or dispositio. more »»

The?Importance Of Cold And Snow

February 9, 2014 “The groundhog says six more weeks of winter?” My daughter broke into huge tears. “Only six more weeks? I want MORE! Winter should last forever. more »»

A?Young View?Of Nature’s Beauty

February 8, 2014 The tiny footprints followed a tiny stream up a rolling hillside. It was obvious from the tracks that there were frozen waterfalls that had been used as slides. more »»

Ruffed Grouse

February 8, 2014 Yes, that’s a real photograph without editing. Quite a while ago, now, I saw LOTS of feeders in one yard. That was just five minutes away from home. I’m not shy knocked on the home’s door. more »»

Help Your Kids Become Watershed Defenders

February 2, 2014 When I was a kid, I started a club. It was for girls only, of course. We had our own hand-drawn logo and even a newsletter. I loved nature and especially animals. more »»

All About Hobbies

February 1, 2014 Before moving to Jamestown, I moved quite a bit to work seasonal outdoor education jobs and to enjoy the adventures that new places and new people bring. more »»

Muscle Makeover Can Enhance Your Well-Being

February 1, 2014 This past summer when I congratulated Lakewood resident, Lyle Hajdu on completing an Ironman triathlon — swim 2 miles, bicycle 112 miles and run a marathon 26 miles — he factitiously told me his... more »»

Is 10 Percent Enough? Part 2 Of 2

January 26, 2014 With 90 percent of the Chautauqua Lake shoreline now filled with mowed grass, yards, roads, parking lots, boat yards and septic systems, 90 percent of the lake’s shoreline has lost most or all of it... more »»

Taking And Making Photographs

January 25, 2014 I started “taking” digital photographs in 2005. I started “making” digital photographs several years later. When you first get a camera, you have a lot to learn. more »»

Snowy Owl

January 25, 2014 Snowy owls are being seen everywhere. I missed a lot of them. I was on the Christmas Bird Count when a friend called me of one at Barcelona Harbor. I couldn’t go. more »»

Is 10 Percent Enough? — Part 1 Of 2

January 19, 2014 Only 10 percent—that’s approximately the amount of natural shoreline remaining on Chautauqua Lake at present. more »»

Snowflake Festival

January 18, 2014 I’m writing this article 18 days before the Snowflake Festival. I look out the window at dirty patches of snow, wide expanses of grass, and muddy little dirt piles turned up by mole. more »»

Eggs: A Miracle Of Life And Good To Eat

January 18, 2014 This week I was offered and accepted a 1¢ pound freshly laid emu egg to scramble on the stove for breakfast. more »»

Enjoying Thoughts Of Winter —1,300 Miles Away

January 12, 2014 rrived in the Chautauqua Watershed, although I’m not physically there to enjoy it right now. “Enjoy it?” I can hear my friends and family sayin. more »»

Feeding The Birds

January 11, 2014 Did you know that you live along one of North America’s main bird migration flyways? More than 500 bird species use the bird superhighway that runs right through your backyard! The bad news is, an... more »»

Sabine’s Gull

January 11, 2014 Ah, if you seen a gull, you’ve seen ‘em all. After all, they’re mostly ring-billed, right? That’s a tempting way to avoid the challenge of identifying these birds over the lake. more »»

A Tiny Winter Tour

January 5, 2014 The wind seems to have icy fingers that search for any break in my clothing. It whistles down my neck and up my sleeves. It searches for my loose pant leg and hunts for bare skin. more »»



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