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Where in the World is the Warbler?

Aug 15, 2016

In August, as children prepare to migrate back into the classroom, warblers must also get ready for a long journey.

Photo of a prothonotary warbler perched on a small branch.

A Bout of Drought

Aug 08, 2016

Cicadas buzz in the still, stagnant air, and it’s been weeks since drops of moisture blessed your parched backyard.

collard lizard

Hearing Crickets

Aug 01, 2016

The cricket’s song can recall the carefree summer days of childhood. But usually we reduce the chirping to background noise.

Photo of an adult female house cricket walking on bark

No Taming The Shrew

Jul 25, 2016

A tiny gray form about two inches long darts frantically along a rotting log, leaps off the end, and scurries beneath a thick carpet of moss.

A Little Sluggish

Jul 18, 2016

It’s no accident that “ugh” rhymes with “slug.” Slimy, spineless creatures, slugs view their world through beady eyes on short tentacles that emerge from their fronts.

slug

Along Came A Brown Recluse

Jul 11, 2016

Brown recluse spiders occur in our area, but even where they are common, people don’t often find them.

brown recluse spider

Lively Poison Ivy

Jul 04, 2016

Poison ivy! The name strikes fear in the hearts of many. But don’t let this plant keep you from enjoying the outdoors.

poison ivy

The Mosquito Bite Files

Jun 27, 2016

As summer temperatures heat up, pests common during this season come out to wreak havoc on our summer plans.

image of Mosquito

The Eggcellent Bird’s Egg

Jun 20, 2016

Eggs come in an amazing variety of sizes, colors and even shapes. Egg colors could fill an artist’s palette, from robin’s egg blue to a buffy pink, and even mauve, purple and green.

Four American robin eggs in a nest. They are a brilliant shade of blue.

The Pint-Sized Hummingbird

Jun 13, 2016

A “glittering fragment of the rainbow” is what an early American naturalist called the hummingbird.

Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight

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