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New book suggestions for holiday gift-giving

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fall is a busy season for publishers of nature and outdoor-themed books. They make perfect Christmas gifts. Here are some recent titles I recommend for the readers on your list. Carnivores of the World, by Luke Hunter (2111, Princeton University Pres, $29.95) is a comprehensive field guide to all 245 species of terrestrial carnivores — […]

Successful birding through winter

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A few weeks ago the temperature dropped below 30 degrees, and the first winter feeder birds, white-throated sparrows and dark-eyed juncos, showed up.

Birder or not, ‘The Big Year’ is worth seeing

Thursday, November 3, 2011

About a year ago, when I heard Hollywood was making a movie of Mark Obmascik s 2004 book, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession, I worried. I feared it would make a joke of birders and birding. Remember Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies? When I heard the three stars […]

Remember, not all firewood is created equally

Thursday, October 27, 2011

If you have trees in the backyard, value and protect them. Trees filter and transport water through forest ecosystems. Their roots reduce erosion by binding the soil.

Scott Shalaway: October concerns include deer

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October brings two wildlife concerns to mind — feeding birds and avoiding deer on the highway.

Trophies of all types keep memories alive

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Among hunters and anglers a trophy is the mount that hangs on the wall. It is the memory of a conquest. Controversy It can also be a source of controversy. To kill something just to put its head on the wall or its pelt on the floor seems wasteful and unsporting. That’s why the ethics […]

Scott Shalaway: What’s causing mysterious dragonfly swarms?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Over the last several weeks I’ve received many emails and letters from readers reporting large aggregation of dragonflies, usually hovering above the grass in wet meadows and hayfields.

Young birder gets thrill of a lifetime with hawk

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Children are never too young to develop an interest in birds. By age three, my daughters could identify towhees and cardinals by sight and sound. Watching birds at feeders helped them learn colors, numbers and how to observe and describe behaviors. They learned art by drawing pictures of birds. But even they never got excited […]

Scott Shalaway: Looking back to 9/11; nature is the place to be

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ten years ago, in the aftermath of 9/11, I wrote about nature’s September highlights. I touched on fall colors, shorter days, cooler nights, and the migration of birds and monarch butterflies

Scott Shalaway: No one has to tell the birds summer is over

Thursday, September 8, 2011

On Aug. 25 at a high school football game on Wheeling Island in the Ohio River, a flock of high flying birds distracted my attention from the game. Shortly before sunset, I counted about 50 common nighthawks swirling and feeding above the stadium lights. I watched until they disappeared in the darkening night sky.

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