The March’s Last Swing with Winter

The March’s Last Swing with Winter

Black-capped chickadee, Photo by Mike Budd/USFWSIn like a lion? Out like a lamb? What kind of wild mood swings are still in store this March?Nature has some predictable patterns regarding seasonal changes. Winter gives way to spring then summer followed by fall. But...
Counting on the (Many) Little Things

Counting on the (Many) Little Things

Welcome to 2023! What a way to end 2022 with a polar blast that kept me inside but watching out to see how the birds were managing. Glad to report that my dozen regular species made it (or are at least still represented). Two years ago, I started repurposing my lawn...
Quiet Lives

Quiet Lives

The world around us can be quite loud. But what is being said? Can all be heard? June was the busy time for neighborhood birds. House wren parents loudly called to each other during their non-stop search for food as their youngsters clamor, “feed-me” in the nest box....
Getting to Know  Who

Getting to Know Who

Turtle nest, disturbed by a predator Oh, June, nothing like summer time to embrace wonder about Whos – who nibbled on a newly planted flower? Who was growling-huffing loudly in the night? Who dug a hole in the garden? (And given the different sizes there may be many...
The Class of 2022 is Starting to Take Off

The Class of 2022 is Starting to Take Off

Across the country, the next generation is graduating and moving on, the culmination of a decade-plus of growing pains and nurturing by parents and a village of others. The future is full of high hopes as well as unpredictability. May to June is also a time of wild...
On the Quest

On the Quest

My morning walk is a quest to enjoy the wild side of my neighborhood. Unlike some creatures I don’t really have a goal; I just like the serendipity, like a coyote crossing the road ahead. But lately in my yard I’ve become the quest – for food by a very different...
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