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Speaking of Nature

Kids and Critters: Butter-and-eggs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

With autumn finally here, it should be obvious that the days are really starting to get shorter now. The Earth is moving in its orbit in such a way that the Northern Hemisphere is tilting farther and farther away from the sun, leaving more and more of our 24 hours spent in shadow rather than in the light. This has … 0

Speaking of Nature: Butterflies

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

At the beginning of July, I formally announced the launching of “The Butterfly Project.” Summer had just begun and I was in tremendously high spirits. What could be more fun, I wondered, than spending my days in pursuit of such a wonderful group of animals? Surely it would be easy to just meander … 0

Speaking of Nature: the spined macrothena

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

When I sat down at my computer to write this column on Sunday morning, I realized that I had absolutely nothing. To quote a line from Seinfeld, my mind was “as barren as the surface of the moon.” There were two factors that contributed to this utter absence of an idea. First, school … 0

Speaking of Nature: wasps

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

There are very few people in my life who can quote poetry from memory. Thus, it was with great delight (and no small measure of awe) that I listened to our beloved Uncle Mort as he offered up … 0

Speaking of Nature: Queen Anne’s lace

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wildflowers have been the focus of my kids’ columns this summer. In July, I introduced readers to hawkweed, a gorgeous orange-flowered plant in the composite family. In August, I switched families and took a look at the cow … 0

Speaking of Nature: Bill discovers a real head tern-er

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Standing at the edge of Malibu Lagoon, I was hypnotized by birds. Double-crested cormorants were perched on a large tangle of driftwood, snowy egrets were hunting in the shallows and common terns were flying overhead. All of these … 0

Speaking of Nature: The whimbrel

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It was Thursday, Aug. 6, and for the first time in my life, I was on a beach in Malibu. I was not alone on this beach. There were well over 100 people swimming, walking or basking in … 0

Speaking of Nature: the western gull

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sunday was my first day at home in over two weeks. At the end of July, I had to go east to Bridgewater University for an AP Teacher’s conference. Then I returned home for an evening of unpacking, … 0

Kids & Critters: Cow vetch

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a wonderful time this summer. The weather has been so mild that being outside and exploring has been something easy to do without getting too uncomfortable. As a result, … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Speaking of Nature: Butterfly Project 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When I look through my records for the past 18 years of writing, I find that birds have been the taxonomic group that has received the greatest portion of my attention. This, I think, is a product of … 0

Kids and Critters: Lots of little flowers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Fourth of July is this Saturday and I bet you can’t wait to see some fireworks. My favorites are the really big ones that spread out across the sky like giant flowers. I am particularly fond of … 0