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Visit the elk with Audubon

September 8, 2013 JENNIFER SCHLICK Special to the OBSERVER Every Discovery Walk at Audubon includes a visit with Liberty, our non-releasable Bald Eagle. The children are always fascinated by her and full of questions. more »»

Greedy Gardener’s Anxiety

September 8, 2013 LINNA ROEMER Special to the OBSERVER When I was a 5th-grade student in elementary school, our class was given a peach tree to grow. more »»

River cleanups

September 1, 2013 KATIE FINCH Special to the OBSERVER With gloves and old clothes, I arrived with others around 8:00 a.m. at Buckaloons campground south of Warren, P. more »»

Building a compost bin: hands on!

September 1, 2013 CHESTER S. GALLE Special to the OBSERVER Have you been thinking of building a compost bin for your garden? There are different styles of compost bins. more »»

Hiking with grandchildren: what could possibly go wrong?

August 25, 2013 By ERNIE ALLISON Special to the OBSERVER My father always had a firm belief that nothing provides better family bonding time than communing with the great outdoors. I tend to agre. more »»

Celebrating monarch butterflies

August 18, 2013 JEFF TOME Special to the OBSERVER Monarch Butterflies are one of the most recognized and least seen butterflies of the year. more »»

The gypsy moth - fall control

August 18, 2013 RICK MARTIN Special to the OBSERVER The Gypsy Moth was originally brought from Europe by Leopold Trouvelot to the United States in 1869 in an effort to improve the silkworm industry. more »»

Hog Island, Maine

August 11, 2013 BONNIE BOWEN Special to the OBSERVER Most of the time I am a grown up. On the outside. I am a woman who is just beginning to realize she is “elderly” to some. more »»

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 »»

 
 

 

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