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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 […]

Bird songs everyone actually knows and sings

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Early migrants began returning several weeks ago. Turkey vultures, killdeer, and phoebes were probably as befuddled by the late winter weather as we were. But by early April, we should be safe from any more extended cold snaps. And that means the parade of returning migratory birds will accelerate every week. Bird songs To prepare […]

To truly appreciate nature, one must experience it

Thursday, March 27, 2014

To truly enjoy and appreciate nature, we must experience it. It recharges the soul, and it actually made me feel better physically.

Getting ready for birding in the spring season

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Last week I did my best to think spring by suggesting that it was time to put up a few nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, and chickadees. This week it’s time for the next step despite a forecast for more severe winter weather. It will warm up […]

Getting ready for birding in the spring season

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Last week I did my best to think spring by suggesting that it was time to put up a few nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, and chickadees. This week it’s time for the next step despite a forecast for more severe winter weather. It will warm up […]

Ruffed Grouse Society adds woodcock option

Thursday, February 27, 2014

To an unsuspecting beginner, flushing a grouse or woodcock can be unnerving.

Tired of snow? Think spring and start building a birdhouse

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I know it seems like this winter will never end, but days are getting longer, and just a few days ago, I finally saw blue sky and felt the warmth of sunshine. With longer days and bright sunshine comes hope in the form of bird song. And no voices sound better on a cold February […]

Whatever you call it, Ground Hog Day is harmless fun

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Even states where ground hogs don’t occur have come up with ways to get in on the action.

Project SNOWstorm for the snowy owls

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Back in December, I described an invasion of snowy owls from the arctic to temperate latitudes. Hundreds of these impressive white birds have been reported from the east coast to Minnesota. I suspect that never have so many birders seen a rare life bird in such a short time span. Similar habitats Because snowy owls […]

Let the nesting season begin, in spite of the cold

Thursday, January 23, 2014

With the polar vortex still fresh on our minds, it almost seems silly to discuss nesting birds. But the nesting season begins in January for bald eagles and great horned owls. An egg was laid in an eagle nest on the campus of Berry College in Georgia, Jan. 14. And in Pittsburgh a pair of […]

Readers wonder, ‘Where are my birds this winter?’

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Every winter I get letters and emails from readers asking why they are seeing fewer birds at their feeders. For example, Sheryll Jameson, from Parkersburg, W.Va. writes, “I enjoy reading your column and wondered if you could answer a question for me. I have been feeding birds for several years and am disappointed by the […]

It’s cold outside, so do some nature reading

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ask any wildlife biologist to name an important professional influence, and most will say Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). His textbook, Game Management (1933), essentially created the profession of wildlife management. Aldo Leopold. Leopold, however, is better known to the general public for his book, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There. It is nature […]

Project FeederWatch returns in full swing

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It’s time for another season of Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s premier citizen science opportunity sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology.

Christmas tradition: The Morning of Christmas

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Every December I get requests to reprint my take-off of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, first published in 1988. Read it aloud to the kids after opening presents. Merry Christmas! The Morning of Christmas (with apologies to Clement C. Moore) ‘Twas the morning of Christmas, And all ‘round the house, The feeders were empty, Not […]

Birders take note: Snowy owl invasion is underway

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nothing gets birders more excited than widespread reports of unusual birds. They jump in their cars, drive hundreds of miles, and hope to spot a “life bird.” Sometimes they are successful; sometimes they are not. It’s all part of the thrill of birding. Reports of snowy owls Right now much of the northern U.S. is […]

Deer have more than gun hunters to fear

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Many predators seek deer — not just humans.

Are deer as smart as they sometimes seem?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Every fall I hear about a big buck someone has been tracking and watching for weeks. But when the gun season arrives, that big buck vanishes, only to reappear a few weeks later. Are deer really that smart? Deer intelligence Keen senses of smell, vision, and hearing have a lot to do with deer “intelligence.” […]

Turkeys and deer prepare for winter’s worst

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Turkeys and deer must prepare for winter before it gets here.

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