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Blog Post Archive

Celebration!

We’ve been trying to do it for years.  Something always distracts.  A different creek to explore.  Getting lost confused bewildered.  Starting too late to finish.  Too much snow.  My camera. Today we finally accomplished our goal.  We were determined.  We set out early.  We refreshed our memory on how to REALLY use the compass and topographic […]

No, It’s Not

You’re driving along the road and marvel at the large patches of Queen Anne’s Lace.  Except… no.  It isn’t. It’s actually “Wild Chervil” (Anthriscus sylvestris). It’s also in the Parsley family, like Queen Anne’s Lace, but when you get up close, you can tell the difference! Read more about it by clicking here. And then […]

Blacksnake Mountain Wildflowers

Could not wipe the smile off my face all day.  The wildflowers were riotous!  Thank you to Patty, Bonnie, Bob, and Lolli for being my hiking buddies. These were all blooming: Painted Trillium White Trillium Red Trillium Spring Beauties Dwarf Ginseng Barren Strawberries Common Strawberries Foamflower Mayflower Toothwort Common Blue Violet Sweet White Violet Round-leafed […]

Pre-Mother’s Day Walk

Every year, Jamestown Audubon offers a Mother’s Day Walk at its Bentley Sanctuary off of Fluvanna Avenue near the Strunk Road exit of Route 86.  I like to go on the Saturday before to see what’s blooming, and try to capture some fresh shots that maybe we can use next year to advertise the walk. […]

Bird Banding 2014

And so our bird banding season is underway! Licensed bird banders Emily Perlock, Scott Stoleson, and Don Watts generously give their time, talents, and expertise to show visitors how scientists collect data on birds. Throughout the season, Terry LeBaron and I will be taking pictures to be used at our September First Friday program.  In […]

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 […]

Trees

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 […]

Dragonflies

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. […]

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