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Winter Kills, Or Does It?

September 6, 2014 Last winter many readers wrote to ask how wildlife could survive the frigid polar vortices. more »»

True Colors

September 6, 2014 The fall sort of snuck up on me this year. I was driving into work, it was a Thursday, and I was lost in thought for most of the ride. more »»

Fishing With Dad

August 31, 2014 My dad can think up any excuse to go fishing. “Well, I was driving home on 394 and passed over Goose Creek. more »»

Take Out The Trash

August 30, 2014 This summer I started a list. 1.The south branch of Cattaraugus Creek. 2. A small, unnamed beach on Lake Erie. 3. Arkwright Falls. 4. The Chadakoin River. 5. Conewango Creek. 6. more »»

The Bell Tolls For Passenger Pigeons

August 30, 2014 One hundred years ago, on Sept. 1 1914, the last known passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo. “Martha” was reported to have been at least 17 years old. more »»

How Do Batteries Light Up My Life?

August 30, 2014 Batteries are a common and essential household object used to run cordless power tools, clocks, flashlights, cellphones, laptop computers and start automobile engines. more »»

The Floral Reserves Beneath Us

August 24, 2014 Most of us can appreciate the value of the full complement of plants present in a diverse and varied forest. more »»

Butterfly Festival

August 23, 2014 Rebirth. It’s not a word that is often heard in casual conversation, but it signals a momentous change. Rebirth is when your old life is left behind and you are setting out on new adventures. more »»

Wilderness Act Of 1964 Marks 50 Years

August 23, 2014 Fifty years ago, on Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964. more »»

Natural Shoreline Helps Chautauqua Lake Health

August 17, 2014 In the fight against the degradation of Chautauqua Lake’s waters, lakeshore gardens are the final defenders against the onslaught of nutrient-filled storm runoff. more »»

Harmful Algal Blooms

August 16, 2014 During the first four days of August, the Western Basin of Lake Erie made national news. A harmful algal bloom (HAB) threatened the water supply near Toledo, Ohio. more »»

Will Automobiles Ever Achieve 100 Miles Per Gallon?

August 16, 2014 Recently, I learned how a local gentleman accepted a personal challenge to conserve limited global reserves of oil by producing a highly fuel efficient motor vehicl. more »»

Natural Instincts

August 16, 2014 When I was 7 years old, my favorite thing in the world was a treehouse. My neighbor’s treehouse wasn’t very big, maybe 12 feet by 12 feet. more »»

Dock Fishing — Part II

August 10, 2014 As promised, I am back to report on the neighborhood fishing rivalry. And, up until this morning, I didn’t have great news from my dock. more »»

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

August 9, 2014 Bending in the wind with its twigs and branches flexing at its rounded top, the Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) tree is an iconic species inhabiting the eastern United States. more »»

Spittlebugs, Galls And Evening Singers

August 9, 2014 Insects thrive during the warmth of summer, and many are conspicuous and familiar. more »»

Money Allocated For Fighting Fires To Run Out

August 9, 2014 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to scale back some projects designed to help prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer’s round of fires. more »»

Buzzz, Buzzzzzz, Slap!

August 3, 2014 Buzzz. Slap. Buzzzzzzzz. Slap! This is one of the many sounds of summer, which is often followed by a few choice words. The rainy summer we have had seems to have been perfect for mosquitoe. more »»

Blackberries Bring Summer’s End

August 2, 2014 As a little girl, I can remember — perhaps less vividly then I would like — hot and humid August afternoons, impatiently swinging a white plastic bucket by its flimsy handle down a freshly mowed... more »»

Hummingbird Guilt

August 2, 2014 When my wife and I left on vacation on July 21, I felt pangs of guilt. I had been hosting a growing number of ruby-throated hummingbirds at my feeders since early Ma. more »»



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