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Speaking of Nature
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If the entire year were compressed into a single day, springtime would be the morning, when the sun is just rising.

Speaking of Nature: Springtime is the time to study ecology

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Part of every high school student’s education includes a course in biology. For some this is a “scratch the surface” introduction that simply introduces them to some of the scientific vocabulary while they attempt to sort out other issues, like remaining seated for more than five minutes. Other students may take a different path that will lead them deeper into … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American Kestrel

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One of the most frustrating things about being a nature photographer is how often you can see a fairly common species and still have no real chance of getting a photo of it. It makes perfect sense that game species should be extra sensitive to the distances that humans are allowed to approach. … 0

Speaking of Nature: Canada goose

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Before I get started on this week’s column, I just want to run through some of the arrivals that have occurred in the last week. On Friday, April 3, the tree swallows and eastern phoebes showed up. I found this remarkable because the birds arrived last year (together) on April 4. I don’t … 0

Speaking of Nature: Elusive & unforgettable

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I purchased my first camera in January of 1998. I knew nothing about photography. More importantly, I knew nothing about nature photography. I didn’t understand the exasperating situations I would find myself in, the long periods of waiting, … 0

Speaking of Nature: A winter-thrush trifecta!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of the satisfying aspects of keeping a field journal is the fact that you have your own personal record of past events. It’s a silly thing, I know, but I take great delight in saying, “To My … 0

Kids & Critters: a fat rabbit

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All winter long, I have been noticing something rather odd. It doesn’t happen every single night, but at least a couple times a week it appears as though rabbits will walk out onto my deck. This is odd … 0

Speaking of Nature: The hairy woodpecker

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I had every intention of writing a story about Florida for today’s column. I was going to select some wonderfully exotic bird for which I had wonderfully exotic photos and I would then weave an intricate story about … 0

Speaking of Nature: Martin’s broken wing

Thursday, February 13, 2014

With the arrival of fresh snow last week, I decided to give my Environmental Science students a challenging assignment; something a little different from the standard, “read a paper and then tell me what you think” kind of … 2

Speaking of Nature: Beauty is in the ear of the beholder

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

One of the great delights in any naturalist’s work is introducing others to something new. Sometimes this takes the form of a rare sight seldom seen by people, while other times it comes in the guise of a … 0

Speaking of Nature: the anhinga

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

When I looked at the calendar on my office desk, I was absolutely floored by how quickly time has gone by. January is more than half over, midterms are already under way and winter break is just around … 0

Speaking of Nature: surf scoters

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

As is always the case at this time of year, the weather is on our minds. In the past two weeks, we’ve seen rainy days in the 50s followed by heavy snows and temperatures below zero. Then, just … 0

Speaking of Nature: What a difference a day can make

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The difference between 2013 and 2014 was probably not a particularly sharp one for many of you, but the shift that I experienced was amplified by the fact that I had traveled. My mother-in-law (Fran) celebrated her 75th … 0

Kids & Critters: mourning doves

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) is as elegant as it is common. A little larger than the average birds that inhabit our back yards, the mourning dove is about 12 inches in length. Much of that is accounted … 0

Speaking of Nature

Thursday, December 26, 2013

As is customary at this time of year, I am going to take a look back at 2013 and try to determine what made it different from all of the other years I have lived through. This is … 0

Speaking of Nature: Snowy Sunday

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

When I awoke last Sunday morning, I realized that we were no longer waiting for winter. Although her arrival was not scheduled until Dec. 21, it was clear that she had arrived a little early. The world had … 0