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Speaking of Nature
A male Condylostylus patibulatus has a narrow abdomen, with colors ranging from yellow to blue.  Note the "halter" under the left wing.
Bill Danielson photo

Speaking of Nature: A fly with no name

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So there I was, standing in the delightfully cool conditions of an early-July morning, waiting for a butterfly. This, it seems, is a theme when dealing with butterflies. Easy to see, they are (in my opinion) inflicted with a sort of attention deficit disorder that prevents them from focusing on any one thing for very long. Something grabs their attention, … 0

Speaking of Nature: The height of summer

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Any of my regular readers will rightly identify a distinct lack of butterflies in this column. This is not because of a lack of effort on my part, but rather because of the bounty of distractions that nature has thrown in my path. I go out to look for butterflies and something else … 0

Speaking of Nature: The Milk Snake

Thursday, July 16, 2015

It was Sunday at 7 p.m. and for reasons I don’t have space to explain, I had decided to go to bed early. All I had to do was lock the doors, kill the lights and brush my teeth. Then, in the middle of this easy checklist, I noticed that the garage was … 0

Speaking of Nature: Tufted titmouse tilts total

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Back on Jan. 8, I confessed that I am a compulsive list-keeper when it comes to birds. I keep daily lists in my red field journal and next to that I keep a single sheet of paper that … 0

Speaking of Nature: The European starling

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My wife and I sometimes play a game called “time travel.” This is usually something we do in the car, or possibly even at restaurants while we enjoy a glass of wine. The whole idea is to explain … 0

Speaking of Nature: an hour at the kitchen window

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It’s 6:43 on an early-January morning and I have taken up a position at the little writing desk next to my kitchen window. I am currently the only one awake in the house and I have decided to … 0

Speaking of Nature: Birding

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One of my favorite things to do on a cold winter’s morning is to get a cup of something warm to sip and then grab an old book off the shelf and lazily peruse its pages. The enjoyment … 0

Kids & Critters: Master Edwin

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Many years ago, my mother received a phone call from a lady who had a question. She had found a tiny baby animal and she didn’t know what it was. Furthermore, she had no idea how to take … 0

Speaking of Nature: 2014 — a review

Friday, December 26, 2014

Editor’s note: Bill Danileson’s Speaking of Nature column typically appears in Thursday’s newspaper. It appears here this week because The Recorder does not publish on Christmas Day. As is customary at this point of year, it is time … 0

Speaking of Nature: the sora

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The green months of summer are joyous times for birders. These are the months of plenty; the months when the cornucopia of avian life runneth over. Birds of every description can be found almost everywhere you look and … 0

Speaking of Nature: Screech owl

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It was early in the morning. Actually it was too early in the morning. I had been sound asleep, dreaming of nothing that I can remember at the moment, but something was reaching down into that comfortable place … 0

Thanks for all the birds!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I don’t know if this schizophrenic month will provide us with sun or snow, but I hope whichever it is you are able to enjoy it with friends and family. The smell of turkey roasting … 0

Speaking of Nature: an unexpected visitor

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Human beings in general, and scientists in particular, are very sensitive to patterns. This makes a lot of sense when one considers the nature of the planet that we live on. The planet spins at a constant rate, … 0

Speaking of Nature: oaks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I was very fortunate to get a day off on Tuesday. The weather was so mild and the landscape so peaceful that I couldn’t resist going for a walk in my back woods. Many is the day that … 0

Kids & Critters: Want to know a secret?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My wife has recently been putting some extra effort into learning the names of the birds that come to our feeders. Summer birds can be difficult to learn because there are so many of them and they can … 0