Every day is Earth Day.  Connecting the dots.

Every day is Earth Day. Connecting the dots.

On December 24, 1968 one of the most profound reality checks was delivered to humankind: a photo of Earth, a small dot rising out of the blackness of space taken by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders from the Moon. It definitely made an impression on me, a 17-year-old...
April is National Native Plant Month!

April is National Native Plant Month!

Time to celebrate wild Flora! Winds are stripping maples of magenta flower dots from their branches; in the not-yet-shade areas, bloodroot is my first blooming wildflower. Alas, it’s been the non-native bulbs that are getting my hopes up about spring. On closer...
Go Green!  Grow Your Own Wild Park

Go Green! Grow Your Own Wild Park

Warm weather means spring cleaning. BUT before you start on your yard and garden here are some things to ponder to make life easier for you, and better for the wild things. In essence, we all have the ability (which I equate with responsibility) to do our fair share...
Migration is in Full Swing

Migration is in Full Swing

Late afternoon Wednesday, I watched several hundred sandhill cranes were gathering into kettles, flying in circles to gain higher altitudes near Turner Tract in Genoa City before heading farther north. It was awesome! A couple of whooping cranes were also flying over....
Change is in the Wind

Change is in the Wind

Can you feel it? Nature is going through a change. It’s in the air, the ground, across the sky. The subtle creep north of dawn as it adds minutes of daylight. A south breeze that feels and smells different than a north wind. Bird songs floating through the air. Time...
When the Wild Things Happen

When the Wild Things Happen

My focus for 2022 is on phenology(seasonal natural phenomena). I grew up in this area but spent 37 years in central Texas. This is my second winter back here so even though I’ve been a naturalist for 45 years, I need to get my sense of timing back. Fortunately, the...