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Star Watch: The February skies

February 22, 2009 Mercury rises in the east-southeast shortly after 6 a.m. early in February, but you will need an unobstructed view of the horizon in order to spot it. more »»

Benton bird feeder study results part 1

February 21, 2009 The responses I have received to this year’s annual Benton bird feeder study which was started in 1987 by my column predecessor Allen Benton has been amazing. more »»

Rough-legged and red-shouldered hawks in winter

February 21, 2009 This week in my travels, I’ve sighted two hawks. The first was the Rough-legged Hawk, that irrupts from the north. The second was the Red-Shouldered Hawk, that is a permanent resident in our area. more »»

Tourist in our own backyard

February 14, 2009 What type of tree is most likely to get struck by lightning in this area? That was one of the questions on the “Tourist Test”, which was designed by the Wilderness Awareness School to see how well... more »»

Winter Birdfeeder Survey part II

February 12, 2009 After writing Part I last week, I received a few more interesting photos and suggestions regarding sightings that have occurred during the week that will add a new twist to the results of the surve. more »»

Time for the annual Allen Benton Winter Birdfeeder Survey

February 7, 2009 In 1987, my column predecessor and College biology professor, Allen Benton, started an annual bird feeder survey. more »»

Butterflies in winter

February 7, 2009 To learn about what happens to our butterflies in the winter, we need to cover the life cycle of these beautiful creature. more »»

The mysterious owls of winter

January 31, 2009 While sitting in my living room a few weeks ago, I heard a strange, but, yet familiar sound from above on the roof. more »»

A ‘change’ of heart for the new year

January 31, 2009 The sun is shining. It is too cold to even go outside and stand for a few minutes with skin exposed, to soak up the vitamin D my body is hungry for, but it is shinin. more »»

Rare locally, birds are Florida specialties

January 24, 2009 I am very fortunate in that I receive many photographs, topic ideas and other nature material from many of you, whether you live in our area or happen to be traveling to other parts of the country. more »»

Witch-hazel is a native, winter-blooming tree

January 24, 2009 Yes, there really is a native tree that blooms in late autumn or winter. Mine bloomed in Novembe. more »»

Shadowy animals of the winter night

January 16, 2009 The evening air of late January and February is usually soft and mild, with occasional sounds from early spring peepers along with other frogs and toads. more »»

Bird feeders bring not just visitors of the flying kind

January 16, 2009 I love my bird feeders. I can’t believe what joy they bring me this time of year. Especially this time of year, the antics and dramas at the feeder make me laugh. more »»

Mammals in winter

January 10, 2009 Most mammals with which we are familiar, such as weasels, fox, muskrats and rabbits, are usually active all winter lon. more »»

Trail cameras capture hidden world at Audubon

January 10, 2009 A glimpse. That’s all you get of most animals while walking through the fores. more »»

Reflecting on our lives is more complicated than nature’s mirror of truth

January 3, 2009 Nature knows not that it is a new year. It is simply another day. A wintry one, cold and without foliage. more »»

Christmas Bird Count has more than 100-year history

January 3, 2009 Most of the birding organizations around the country have, by now, completed or are in the process of completing the 2008 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) data collectio. more »»

Gulls of Chautauqua County

December 13, 2008 I cannot believe I have not written any articles about one of the more abundant species of birds found in our county. more »»

Time spent outdoors can provide cherished memories

December 13, 2008 The red fox kits were not red. They were a mottled tan and black color. more »»

Hibernation and aestevation

December 6, 2008 The season of winter is approaching, as evidenced by the accompanying photo of the accumulation of snow sent to me by Gregg Betts of Cassadaga. more »»



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