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Exhibit honors man who created field guide concept

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Roger Tory Peterson died July 28, 1996 at the age of 87. On Aug. 28, the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. The spotlight will be focused on Jamestown, N.Y., Peterson’s birthplace and home to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. In a recent phone conversation, Jim Berry, president of RTPI, explained that […]

End of summer signals new faces in insect world

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Summer’s nightly music festival began a few weeks ago. As daylight dims, I enjoy sitting on the back porch waiting for the concert to begin. Male katydids sing from early evening well into the night. The song is harsh and burry and sounds something like “Ch-ch” or “Ch-ch-ch” or “ch-ch-ch-ch.” The phrases are repeated about […]

Life on a beach: There’s more than meets the eye

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Few habitats seem as sterile as a sandy New Jersey beach. Waves of salt water constantly wash the shoreline. The only obvious indicators of life are pieces of broken shells washed ashore by the last high tide. But appearances can deceive. Plenty The biota on a sandy beach can’t compare to a tropical rain forest, […]

Opportunity to observe osprey on the Ohio River

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A coal-fired power plant seems an unlikely location for a wildlife refuge, but that’s exactly what I found on the second Sunday in July. Monty Mason, a friend and a heavy equipment operator at the AEP Kammer-Mitchell Plant south of Moundsville, W.Va., invited me to join him for a few hours in a blind near […]

Snorkeling provides a close view of aquatic life

Thursday, July 31, 2008

As summer temperatures rise, spring-fed streams are great places to stay cool. With just a face mask, a snorkel and an old pair of sneakers, you can observe aquatic life on its own terms — under water. Snorkeling opens a whole new world to the curious naturalist. Snorkeling is usually associated with tropical locations. While […]

The Galapagos Islands adventure continues

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A cruise of the Galapagos Islands takes on a life of its own. Each day is a series of highlights that satisfy even the most expectant traveler. Many visitors, including me, arrive with a mental list of species they hope to see. On this trip, I checked off every species on my list. Awesome The […]

Creatures under rocks and in the skies: Help for hellbenders and birds

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Here’s a question for the anglers in the family: Have you ever hooked a long, slimy, four-legged creature while fishing on a clear, cool, cobble-bottomed stream or river? It was an eastern hellbender, the largest salamander in North America. Hellbenders spend most of their daylight hours under large flat rocks on rocky stream bottoms. At […]

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