Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
I imagine that goldenrods are fairly familiar to everyone, but I’m also fairly certain that the plants themselves are not quite as well-known as the flowers.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
Asters are some of our most splendid wildflowers, and they don’t really start flowering until September.
Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013
At this very moment a handful of remote-controlled cars is sending radio signals across the void of space in an attempt to help us learn about Mars. We know that it’s about half the size of Earth, we have learned that the average temperature is 64 degrees below zero and that Mars is a lot more like Earth than we ever suspected. But the big question remains, “is there (or was there) life on Mars?”
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013
Along the ocean shoreline, at this time of year, you might come upon a solitary bird with a very striking color pattern. This gorgeous little bird — the ruddy turnstone — will be a particular treat to see.
Monday, Aug. 12, 2013
The American kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. There are 58 species of falcons and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Here in North America, we have a total of seven falcons, but in the eastern U.S. we are only likely to see four of them: the gyrfalcon, peregrine falcon, the Merlin, and the American kestrel.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
What could be a more iconic image of the summertime experience of children in the Northeast than the joyful pursuit of fireflies on a warm summer evening?
Sunday, July 21, 2013
In our area, there are only two large frogs that you are likely to find in the warm waters of a lily pond — the green frog (Rana clamitans melanota) and the bullfrog (R. catesbeiana).
Sunday, July 14, 2013
As birds go, the house wren is on the small side. Any shortcoming in stature is more than compensated for in the personality department, however.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Summer is a time for picnics, swimming, camping and chipmunks. Chipmunks live in elaborate tunnel systems that they excavate for many uses. There are latrines and sleeping chambers, but the most important use of tunnels is food storage.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Summer is here and I find myself filled with great optimism. The flowers are blooming, the grass is lush and thick and wonderfully suited to barefoot walking, and my good friend Bert is back in town.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
As I sat on my porch last weekend, enjoying a day without any rain, I noticed a new development over by the stairs. A new plant had made an appearance up to the level of the deck boards.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
A male eastern towhee is quite dashing in appearance.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Today, I introduce you to one of our most dazzling local butterflies — the Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton). I am starting this challenge early so you have a chance to keep your eyes out for this little treasure during its short flight time.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
John Muir once wrote that “none of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.” One could easily extend that thought to “Nature’s creatures.” I speak of this so you might be more open-minded the next time you see a snapping turtle.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Recently, my frantically excited wife announced that she had spotted a bird that left her momentarily speechless. It was a male rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) and I couldn’t blame her. The elegant black-and-white dress of the male, flamboyantly accented with a triangular necklace of red, makes it a beautiful sight indeed.