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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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