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Frogs An Indicator Species

July 27, 2014 Amphibians, and specifically frogs, are classified as something called an “indicator species. more »»

Are There Good Caterpillars?

July 26, 2014 I have a distinct memory from when I was a kid of finding a huge green caterpillar in the yard. It had a spike on one end and was wandering through the grass. more »»

Some Books For The Rest Of Summer

July 26, 2014 Relaxing in a hammock with a good book is a great way to a warm summer afternoon. Here are a few titles that have recently caught my eye. “The Last Appalachian Wolf” (2014) by Edwin D. more »»

Native Wildflowers In My Yard

July 26, 2014 Hi folks! Welcome to my yard. I’m so happy to be able to give you a tour of my native wildflowers. Please watch your step. I am black and blue from falling over roots, rocks and my own tiny feet. more »»

Jamestown’s Secret River

July 20, 2014 Chautauqua Lake is fed by a number of inlets and springs that spill down its 176-square-mile watershed, but it has only one outlet, the Chadakoin Rive. more »»

Managing Stormwater

July 13, 2014 Recent storms walloped our region with significant flooding and erosion, causing property damage and costly repairs for landowners and municipalities. more »»

Audubon’s Wild 5K

July 12, 2014 She sits serenely, gazing down with intent eyes on the school-aged children searching the enclosure for her. more »»

A New Bird At My Feeder

July 12, 2014 The guests were my very good friends, Dave and Anita Cooney, leaders at the Jamestown Audubon Society, good cooks and fabulous birders. This time, I cooked. more »»

Meet The Eurasian Collared Dove

July 12, 2014 Back in 1974 a local pigeon fancier imported a flock of about 50 Eurasian collared doves to the Bahamas. Ultimately he released the birds, and they took to life in the West Indies. more »»

Love To Kayak

July 6, 2014 Kayaking comes to me in winter dreams, as spring anticipation, summer pleasure and fall farewells. more »»

Nature Rocks!

July 5, 2014 The crack in the giant rock led off into the distance, barely wide enough for an adult to squeeze through. My kids looked at me, their faces lit up by unrestrained joy and eagerness to explore. more »»

Red Flares Require Safe Handling

July 5, 2014 Another celebration of the Fourth of July on Chautauqua Lake highlighted by burning emergency highway flares along its shores has endured this beautiful local custom. more »»

Bioluminescence: Living Lights

July 5, 2014 At recent Fourth of July fireworks displays, spectators squealed with delight at the annual spectacle that illuminated the night sky. more »»

Making Space For Wildlife

June 29, 2014 “Build it, and they will come.” It’s a phrase often repeated by dreamers. more »»

Project Time

June 28, 2014 I’m great at starting projects. I’m not so great at finishing them. I have baskets full of half-knitted items, patterns and fabric waiting to be made into clothing, gardens that need tending. more »»

Warblers Are Abundant Again

June 28, 2014 Finally, the warblers are abundant, again. We deserve them after the long, frigid winter. One of my favorites is the hooded warbler, in the Wilsonia family. more »»

Wild Stewardship

June 22, 2014 As we entered the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Wells Bay Preserve, we headed straight to the lakeshore. Sort of. more »»

A Rose By Any Other Name

June 21, 2014 I think we’ve all heard the quote “a rose by any other name would smell as swee. more »»

Have An Avocado For Health From Head To Toe

June 21, 2014 Looks can be deceiving when choosing a fruit such as an avocado. The dark green wrinkled skin on the pear size avocado gives the impression the fruit is ready for the trash or compost pile. more »»

Sea Monsters

June 15, 2014 Chautauqua Lake is being invaded! These invaders do not come armed with guns and knives. They don’t even have arms. Their takeover is not violent, but it is destructive. more »»



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