Speaking of Nature
 A sanderling in full winter plumage soaks up the sun on a
beach in Florida. For The Recorder/Bill Danielson

The long-range traveler

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last week, while sitting around one of the faculty dining tables at lunch, the topic of Thanksgiving vacation inevitably came up. Each of the teachers took a turn describing his or her plans for the coming week and everyone nodded with approval as the details were laid out. About half the group was staying home and hosting family, while the … 0

Kids & Critters: The red-breasted nuthatch

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I looked through my records and discovered that I’ve focused on plants for the past four months. Since the summer growing season is behind us now, which means most plants are starting to die back or go dormant, I thought it might be a good idea to try something a little different. The … 0

Speaking of Nature: The acorn woodpecker

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Our story begins on Catalina Island in the year 2008. Susan and I had taken a trip to the West Coast to visit some beloved relatives and on a whim we decided to go on an extra bonus adventure. We had severely underestimated the traffic congestion on the L.A. freeways, which caused us … 0

Speaking of Nature: The mysterious swamp sparrow

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Those of you who know me know of my love for John Burroughs. I was first introduced to him quite by accident back in 1992 when I was perusing the shelves of the Montague Book Mill. I happened … 0

Kids & Critters: the gray squirrel

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Last weekend was really interesting. Saturday was snowy, Sunday was sunny and “warm,” and then we got a huge snowstorm on Monday. I don’t know about you, but I was very glad to have a day off of … 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