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Blue jays are remarkable creatures

Sunday, November 1, 2015

As the glorious oranges, yellows and reds of October foliage fade into more the subdued bronzes and caramels of November, there is one color that is still brilliant in autumn branches – the flash of blue from the boisterous blue jay. These common birds are often maligned and accused of raiding other birds’ nests, hogging birdseed at feeders or just …

Take Me Outside: Signs of summer’s unavoidable end

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I love the palette of wildflowers that decorate the landscape and mark the stages of summer. In June the roadsides were blanketed with daisies and lupines. July brought the vibrant red, orange and yellow hues of beebalm and lilies. But August is when Queen Anne’s lace and goldenrod take over. I enjoy these flowers, but also greet them with a bit of melancholy, …

Take Me Outside: Spiders are amazing creatures

Saturday, July 11, 2015

What group of animals includes individuals who can walk on water, change their appearance, carry young on their back and recycle their home? Examples of these creatures can be found in your yard, or even your house. They are amazing . . . spiders. Before you skip to another article thinking you don’t like spiders, read on. You may discover that spiders are …

Take Me Outside: Acorns are falling on my head

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lately when walking in the woods, I feel like I should be wearing a hard hat. Acorns are raining down, thunking on the ground, pinging on metal roofs and causing my chickens to think the sky is falling. Yet for some birds and mammals the acorns are manna …

Take Me Outside: Sounds like fall

Sunday, September 2, 2012

‘ Green leaves are fading and some are starting to turn red. Children and teachers are heading back to school. Many signs tell us that the seasons are changing. Some of those clues are the prominent sounds of crickets and grasshoppers as they perform their late summer swansong. …

Take Me Outside: What's so fascinating about ferns?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

' The recent rain has brought much needed moisture to our region and returned the woods to a panorama of lush textures and colors. Some of the main contributors to this array of verdant frilliness are ferns. Ferns are ancient plants. Fossil records show that they first appeared …