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Stable flies: taking a big bite this year

August 11, 2013 COLLEN CAVAGNA Special to the OBSERVER The stable fly is usually found right where you would expect to find it, around livestock areas. more »»

High schoolers need nature, too!

July 28, 2013 RACHEL NEEDHAM Special to the OBSERVER Last year, as Rachel Needham finished her senior year of high school, she wrote this fine piece about why she needs nature, the barriers to that experience, an... more »»

Want better soil in your garden?

July 28, 2013 DAVID SCHAUT Special to the OBSERVER The growing season is in full swing now and it won’t be long before you begin to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labors. more »»

My cousins in nature

July 21, 2013 SARAH HATFIELD Special to the OBSERVER My cousins’ children, who once slept as newborn babes on my chest, are wearing make-up and are taller than I am. more »»

Japanese beetles are attacking plants near you!

July 21, 2013 CAROL SITARSKI Special to the OBSERVER Of all the invasive species that invade our gardens every year I believe that the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica Newman) is the worst. more »»

Nature at night

June 30, 2013 EMILY SCHLICK Special to OBSERVER One of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had in the natural world took place as the sun was settin. more »»

Herbalicious gardening

June 30, 2013 LINDA SWAIN Special to the OBSERVER Summer is finally here and the growing season is in full swing! One of my favorite things to grow is herbs because they offer a combination of beauty and... more »»

How Walt Disney ruined my garden

June 23, 2013 JENNIFER SCHLICK Special to OBSERVER I blame Walt Disney, really, I d. more »»

It’s national pollinators week!

June 23, 2013 COLLEN CAVAGNA Special to the OBSERVER We can thank pollinators for one in three mouthfuls of food and drink – everything from coffee and chocolate to most fruits and many vegetables - in our diet. more »»

Bees, butterflies and backyards

June 16, 2013 By JENNIFER SCHLICK Special to OBSERVER Bees get a bad rap. Here are these great gals buzzing along, pollinating flowers and helping flowers turn into yummy things to eat. more »»

The upland gardener

June 16, 2013 By M.L. WELLS Special to the OBSERVER I call it weird weather: hot, out of season - then killing frosts, too wet, too dry, and high winds much more frequently. more »»

Listening to nature’s music

June 9, 2013 JENNIFER SCHLICK Special to OBSERVER If we listen, music is everywhere. It accompanies us through many milestones in our lives. more »»

Audubon day camp

June 2, 2013 JENNIFER SCHLICK Special to OBSERVER The summer camp program was small when I first started working at Jamestown Audubon – only a few sessions, only a few children. more »»

Size does matter - for a perfect plant profile

May 26, 2013 COLLEN CAVAGNA Special to the OBSERVER Often when we are browsing the flower catalogs or strolling through the nurseries, we find ourselves attracted to flowers that are tall to extra tall. more »»

Nature’s unknown treasures

May 26, 2013 GERRY RISING Special to OBSERVER One of the best-kept secrets here in the Niagara Region is the annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage sponsored by the Buffalo, Jamestown and Presque Isle Audubon... more »»

The wonders of soil

May 19, 2013 COLLEN CAVAGNA Special to the OBSERVER I am like most gardeners, spring comes and the itch to get outside and working in my flower and vegetable beds is irresistible. more »»

Doing a little does a lot

May 19, 2013 SARAH HATFIELD Special to OBSERVER We are taught that little actions can cause a big reaction, but that isn’t always the case. more »»

What? No impatiens!

May 12, 2013 JOYCE FISHER Special to the OBSERVER Hello fellow gardeners. You may have already found that the greenhouses do not have any standard impatiens on their racks. That’s right, no impatiens. more »»

Watch a nest; help the birds

May 12, 2013 KATIE FINCH Special to OBSERVER I think we should all take a vacation in spring. There is so much change each day that I feel we miss all the action sitting inside at work. more »»

Deer: Beautiful in the woods - devastating in the garden

May 5, 2013 COLLEN CAVAGNA Special to the OBSERVER Over the last few years, we have fielded many calls from residents at their wits’ end about how to prevent deer from eating their flowers and shrubs. more »»



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