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Beaver tales: Leaving an ecological impact

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Though large and common, beavers are seldom seen unless you know where to look. The best time to see beavers is at dusk on a summer evening. And the best place is on quiet water from a kayak or canoe. Float quietly! Wildlife usually ignores me when I glide silently and low on the water. […]

Grapevines are aggressive, but are not deadly

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lesson learned: Grapevines are important to the ecosystem.

Caterpillars, forest birds and trees … how they fit

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Let’s examine how small songbirds such as warblers, vireos and flycatchers act as keystone species in forest ecosystems.

Why brown-headed cowbirds are lousy parents

Thursday, May 22, 2014

When I walked to my office this morning, I noticed a female brown-headed cowbird perched high atop the tallest tree in the yard. For 10 minutes she surveyed the surrounding area.

The old field is filled with old feathered friends

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Almost overnight, the old field below the house has greened up, and birds have set up nesting territories. Bluebirds were the first to lay eggs because the nest box protects the eggs from the elements. Within just a few weeks, however, field sparrows, indigo buntings, white-eyed vireos, and cardinals have also established territories. Nest on […]

The language of birds is a beautiful one

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Birds vocalize throughout the year, but the purpose of the sounds varies. Always, however, birds sing to communicate.

A trip to the zoo might change the course of your life

Thursday, May 1, 2014

By SCOTT SHALAWAY Early childhood experiences often shape the adults we become. In my case, I remember going to the Philadelphia Zoo with my parents. I relished those times with my mom and dad and recall them fondly now. Lions, tigers, and bears were just the stuff of books, but at the zoo they became […]

Finding stinky roots and delicious mushrooms

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Morel season is a memorable time of year, and it’s finally here!

Coming soon to a garden near you: Hummingbirds

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The best way to attract hummingbirds is to plant native, nectar-bearing flowers.

If you can, take a kid fishing this spring season

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Few experiences are more rewarding than introducing a child to the outdoors. I remember teaching my daughters at the age of three to recognize the voice of a barred owl – “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all!” They were amazed they could identify a bird without seeing it. And when my wife and […]

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