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California Dreaming

June 4, 2016 In 2011, I recommended a nonfiction book entitled “Winged Obsession: the Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler” by Jessica Speart. It’s a riveting nonfiction account of how a U.S. more »»

Edible And Medicinal Wild Plants Of WNY

May 29, 2016 I have always been fascinated by the topic of wild edible and medicinal plants. more »»

Springtime Warnings

May 28, 2016 I still have the pair of Carhartts from my farm days, mostly for sentimental reasons, but also because they are nice, “airy” work jeans — as the holes in the knees are quite substantial. more »»

A Feathered Nonpareil

May 28, 2016 I’m often asked why I love birds. The answer is simple: they please my eyes, ears and brain. Even common backyard birds are eye candy. Give me chickadees, or give me death. more »»

The June Skies

May 28, 2016 June will not be a good month to view the little planet Mercury. It will be very close to the horizon from our latitude during the first two weeks of the month. more »»

The Dark Side Of Spring

May 22, 2016 There is a dark side to spring that fills me with dread. The results of it were plain to see on a walk one spring around this time of year. more »»

How Much Land?

May 21, 2016 I recently did some traveling that required an airplane flight. As I left my land-bound life on the East Coast I looked down on Eart. more »»

Hobbies Enrich Our Lives; Mine Is Bird Watching

May 21, 2016 In early May this year I spent two days bird watching with friends Fran and Ranjit. more »»

17-Year Periodical Cicadas

May 21, 2016 It’s not often insects make news, but for weeks I’ve been hearing and reading about the imminent emergence of 17-year periodical cicadas. more »»

Do A Good Deed

May 15, 2016 Last spring, I had an amazing experience. After reading an article in The Post-Journal about a Chautauqua Lake cleanup hosted by the Conewango Creek Watershed Association, I marked my calendar. more »»

The Summer Squeeze

May 14, 2016 Summer compresses time in that weird way where it lasts forever and flies by at the same time. There are so many things to do in the warmer seasons that it is hard to fit everything in. more »»

Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks Seem Common This Year

May 14, 2016 On April 27, a male rose-breasted grosbeak appeared on a feeder just outside my office windo. more »»

Woodland Awakenings

May 8, 2016 Springtime in the forests of Western New York is a time of gentle rebirth and renewal, so welcome and wondrous after the long gray months of winter dormancy, darkness and col. more »»

Picture Perfect

May 7, 2016 I typed this question into an Internet search engine: “How many photos are uploaded to the Internet every day?” The top answer was from a November 2015 article published in The Atlantic: “In 2014,... more »»

Time: We Never Have Enough

May 7, 2016 Several weeks ago, while my wife and I were watching two of our grandchildren, I noticed sand glasses or sand clocks in their play area. more »»

New Books For Spring, Summer

May 7, 2016 Publishers of nature-themed books seem to be in overdrive this spring. Here are some of the best I’ve had a chance to review. more »»

Invasive Species Threaten Our Spring Ephemerals

May 1, 2016 Ahh, spring at last! In our region, this is normally the time of year when the sun has just begun to warm the earth’s surface. more »»

The May Skies

April 30, 2016 A rare Transit of Mercury will be visible on Monday, May 9, beginning at approximately 7:12 a.m. and ending at approximately 2:42 p.m. more »»

April Showers

April 30, 2016 Water falls toward soil. And in the act of kissing of the earth, there is an exhalation. more »»

Spark Birds Make Birders

April 30, 2016 May is when many birders are born. The aroma of lilacs fills the air and spring migration shifts into overdrive. more »»



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