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Blog Profile / A Passion for Nature

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River Walk

Because Jamestown Audubon is working on a project that involves taking people to the River Walk, I took my camera for a walk down there last Wednesday.

Holts Run Road… Again!

It’s new every time, because we hike it differently every time. This time, we went “backwards.” And by going backwards it was much easier to find the old Holts Run Road. We followed it to the beaver pond that is close to Crick’s Run. As we arrived, it started to snow. So pretty! These tracks […]

The Gorge!

We had to park up near the first campsite and walk down the rest of Hannum Road. We saw evidence that people had been down there along the Westside Overland Trail on snow shoes and skis. But no one had been down the path to the creek in some time. I couldn’t help thinking about […]


I wrote this article for Jamestown Audubon’s weekly column: Trees by Jennifer Schlick The temperature has risen 30 degrees to a balmy 23F, perfect for outdoor recreation.  The snow in the woods behind a friend’s house is thigh deep, so I strap on snow shoes and head out with the dogs.  The little one makes […]

Hey Ladies! Save the Dates!

October 3-5, 2014 on Grand Island, New York – Wild Women Unite! I’ll be teaching a photography workshop at this event. I’ve never been to it, but when Yvonne approached me about teaching, it sounded like so much fun, I think I’d go even if I weren’t teaching! Here’s what Yvonne asked me to share: […]

First Hike of 2014

My first hike of 2014:  Allegany State Park, of course.  We started on Coon Run Road, heading out the Fire Tower Trail.  Somewhere before we reached Willis Creek, we needed coffee and donuts.  Here was the view from our log: Once we crossed Willis Creek, we headed upstream, bushwhacking at first… but then finding the […]

This I Believe

I delivered this talk at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown today. This I Believe I have long been a fan of the NPR series “This I Believe.”  I admire the people who can so eloquently and so succinctly put their beliefs into words.  And I have long wanted to write my own “This I […]

A Delightful Surprise

One of our favorite bird guys stopped by Audubon to pick up the calendars he had ordered.  It was late afternoon and the meetings were over and I was just finishing a project… So when he suggested we go see if the Snowy Owl was still working the field up the road, I said, “Yes!” […]

I Come Alive

I awoke to snow on Tuesday morning and I was (to borrow a phrase from Karen Eckstrom) irrationally happy. I come alive in winter. The air is fresh and crisp – not heavy and humid. I sweat only from exertion, not from merely sitting. There are no bugs pestering my ears and neck. And the […]

Rails to Trails

Chautauqua County has several trails converted from old rail beds. Today I walked on one that starts on Route 430 not far from the intersection with Route 394 in Mayville NY. I hiked in as far as the power line, then turned around. It was cold, but once I got moving, I was comfortable. The […]

Annual Allegany State Park Breakfast

My friend Sue’s family had a tradition – a breakfast at Allegany State Park.  Rain, snow, or sunshine.  She reinstated the tradition a few years back and I am lucky enough to be on the invitation list.  This year, we stuffed ourselves on bacon, eggs, pancakes, several kinds of breads and pastries, watermelon, grapes, potatoes, […]

Fall Walk

The weather felt more like summer…  But the views were definitely autumnal. Erlandson Overlook Park has a 1.2 mile loop that goes through mostly “new” forest with young trees. There were lots of leaves with big water droplets on them. Some of the leaves had pretty WILD colors! There were critters… Most gave me a […]

Elk Field Trip Coming Up at Audubon!

Watch for this article in the Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Warren papers: Visit the Elk with Audubon by Jennifer Schlick Every Discovery Walk at Audubon includes a visit with Liberty, our non-releasable Bald Eagle.  The children are always fascinated by her and full of questions.  Once I’ve answered their questions, I ask one of my own:  […]

From Guest Writer Ernie Allison

Hiking with Grandchildren: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Ernie Allison My father always had a firm belief that nothing provides better family bonding time than communing with the great outdoors. I tend to agree. I remember my own Grandfather picking me and my brother up for our yearly camping trip. The fondest memories I […]


The hot weather is not my favorite. But it’s good for dragonflies! There were tons of Meadowhawks in the field near the bird banding station. Also in the field were Slender Spreadwings… so delicate! Over on the bridge at Spatterdock Pond I spotted Eastern Pondhawks. It is easy to tell male from female by color. […]


I’ve heard from many about a dearth of butterflies this season. While at Audubon for bird banding, I put the long lens on the camera to see who I could find. I was pleased to find several species! I kept watching to see if this Monarch (Danaus plexippus) would lay some eggs on the swamp […]

Roadside Gardens

Who needs a garden when the roadsides provide so much beauty. I’ve had an itch to photograph them, but you don’t want to stand along a busy highway to do so! Instead, I headed for some dirt roads that I figured would not be highly trafficked. Here are just a few of the flowers blooming […]

Quick Stroll

My job has kept me tied to the computer a lot lately.  Yesterday, I just had to get out, so I took a quick stroll out to the Big Pond Overlook. Blue Vervain and Yarrow were both in bloom. Add some Bee Balm and you’d have a nice Independence Day bouquet! Both Swamp and Common […]

Oxeye Daisy

He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me. He loves me not. As children, we used the Oxeye Daisy as a predictor of true love. As each “petal” was plucked we would chant hoping that the very last would be, “He loves me!” Technically, those white bits aren’t really petals.  Daisies are a […]

Letchworth State Park

Google said it would take 1 hour and 55 minutes to drive to Letchworth from my house.  I knew we’d need a stretch break, so I figured 2 hours and 15 minutes, tops.  Google didn’t know about the detour on Route 39 causing our trip to be 2 hours and 40 minutes.  It all worked […]

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