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The best and worst of summer, through plants

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The best of summer comes from the garden or a roadside produce stand; the worst lurks in our backyards. My favorite summer garden foods are watermelon, cantaloupe and sweet corn. Explorers introduced melons to North America in the 16th century. Watermelons originated in Africa; cantaloupes came from Persia. A perfect watermelon is ripe, sweet, and […]

Copperhead or milk snake or rat snake?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Last week my wife informed me she had seen the first big black rat snake of the year stretched across the road in front of our house. “What are you going to do about it?” she asked/demanded. I answered as I always do: “Nothing. I’m not about to kill a snake simply because it has […]

Whip-poor-will, owls and katydids: Night sounds

Thursday, June 20, 2013

At 5 a.m. May 19 I awoke abruptly to a loud sound just outside the bedroom door. As the cobwebs cleared my mind, I realized I was hearing a whip-poor-will. Whip-poor-will Having heard whip-poor-wills only five times over the last 25 years, I thought perhaps I had set my bird alarm clock to wake me […]

Mail call: Shalaway hears feedback on ticks

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Last week’s column about ticks drew a quick response from many readers, including a great tip about a simple, inexpensive tool to remove engorged ticks. Rod Groomes, M.D., director of the emergency department at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning, Pa. for 27 year, wrote, “I’m an ER doc in rural Pennsylvania, and I have […]

Lyme disease may be a big problem in 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

If personal experience and reader reports are reliable indicators, this summer could be a bad one for ticks and Lyme disease. Since early April, I’ve removed countless ticks from my clothing, and several have been attached at the base of the hairline on my neck. Likewise, I’ve heard from many readers since late winter who […]

Scott Shalaway: Take the steps to make boating safe

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It goes by many different names — life jacket, life vest, life preserver, personal flotation device, or PFD. Regardless the name, its purpose is to keep you alive until help arrives when you’re involved in a boating accident. But it cannot work if it’s not worn. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 651 people died […]

Scott Shalaway: Meet the vireo, a singing bird of its own kind

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

During spring migration, warblers get lots of attention. Most are brightly colored and sing loud distinctive songs. Yellow warblers, for example, are common, beautiful, and easy to find. But other, less spectacular groups are equally interesting. Vireos, for example, are less brightly colored and usually more difficult to see. Often they are heard before they […]

A day in the life of an incubating hen turkey

Thursday, May 2, 2013

At about 7:15 Monday morning I settled into a comfy spot about 20 yards from the edge of the woods. My intent was to experience the migration, by sight and sound, from a single spot. It was chilly, about 42 degrees, but I was dressed for it — polar fleece jacket and wool cap. With […]

Listen: Spring migration is finally underway

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Finally, spring has arrived. Forsythias, hyacinths and daffodils are blooming, lilacs are budding, and the grass soon needs mowing. And of course, spring migration is under way. And my email box is filled with notes from readers who love warmer days, blue skies, and sunshine. Let’s compare notes, and see how our observations compare. Typically […]

Cabela’s: A retail store and a destination

Thursday, April 18, 2013

When the Cabela’s store in Wheeling, W.Va. opened in 2004, it was billed as a “destination.” Give it a few months, I thought, and it will be just another outdoors store. I could not have been more wrong. Four million shoppers. According to Cabela’s retail marketing manager, Bud Forte, four million shoppers visited the Wheeling […]

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