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Audubon has an indoor, glass-walled demonstration bee hive. It’s pretty cool. You can watch the worker bees tending the hive, doing the waggle dance, living their lives. Sometimes you can find the Queen and watch her lay eggs. You can see the honey stores they build up to help them survive through the winter. There [...]
No one attending the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage this year could have escaped without noticing hundreds and hundreds of Eastern Tent Caterpillars AND hundreds and hundreds of very large and rather attractive (if annoying) flies called Friendly Flies. A fellow naturalist mentioned that there is a correlation between these two… but didn’t have the exact details, or [...]
SWAT is the name of Tom LeBlanc‘s MAPS bird banding station in Allegany State Park. Today was the first day of banding… And I was glad I awoke early to attend. We saw some very beautiful birds! The first bird out of the net was a life bird for me… Blackburnian Warbler – male Isn’t [...]
A fat package arrived from The Natural Heritage Program. A letter from the project coordinator. A certificate of appreciation for my contributions. And a big fat book containing the results of the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey (NYDDS) – a project that began in 2005 and continued through the summer and early fall of [...]
So you know how people who are bored make up silly polls to put on Facebook? And they you’re supposed to copy the questions and answer them for yourself and post them? And then your friends are supposed to copy them and erase your answers and put their own answers on and then re-post them? [...]
Twenty four adults and thirteen children visited the bird banding station today. They were treated to the following birds: Canada Warbler: according to the Cornell website, this is one of the last warblers to come through in the spring, and one of the first to head south in the fall to winter in South America. [...]
I finally got a chance to spend the whole morning with Scott, Linda, and Emily at the bird banding demonstrations this morning. (Don was at a wedding, so I made the Rhubarb cobbler again… Apple next week, since Don doesn’t like rhubarb.) The weather started warm(ish), but got cooler and windier with each passing hour. [...]
OK, so sometimes I use LightRoom to tweak the color on my photos. But on these, I didn’t touch the color settings at all… I almost didn’t even go out… It was a little breezy. The overcast skies were threatening rain… I’m now convinced those are the most excellent conditions under which to shoot spring [...]
There is a frantic-ness about spring for me… rushing to the woods and through the woods to find every flower… afraid i’ll miss one… because they come and go so quickly…...
I wish it had not been quite so windy… Still, I got a few shots… Most are from the Black Snake Mountain Trail at Allegany State Park. Some are from Long Point State Park and Audubon’s Bentley Sanctuary....
I saw a slideshow on my friend Deb’s WordPress blog… Just had to try it…
Early Meadow-rue Thalictrum dioicum I loved this flower even before I found out it is dioecious. (I love that word!) It means the male and female flowers appear on different plants. Staminate Flowers (male) Pistillate Flowers (female) It would be really easy to walk right past this small, inconspicuous member of the buttercup family. But try not to! It’s a lovely little [...]
35th Annual Student Art Exhibition Jamestown Community College – Weeks Gallery Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m. Exhibition on view: April 23, 2010 through May 7, 2010 I submitted 10 photos from my fall semester class. The following made the first cut, but I’m told some of these may be eliminated due to space constraints. Title: [...]
Look! I’m the featured blog on the Nature Blog Network: http://natureblognetwork.com/blog/featured-blog-a-passion-for-nature/ ...
The year I got my Canon Rebel XT, I also got several days of vacation in September. I decided I would teach myself to identify all the goldenrods and asters that grow in our region. Ha ha ha… It was a ridiculous goal. In my Newcomb’s guide alone there are 34 species of goldenrod and [...]
An afternoon walk in college park… I loved the way the light was falling on the Colt’s Foot near the creek… Colt’s Foot (Tussilago farfara) http://winterwoman.net/2008/04/08/coltsfoot/ ...
It took me a while to motivate myself to get off the couch and into the woods to see what might be blooming yesterday. My sore throat had gotten worse, and the nose was running, eyes tearing, etc… Thankfully, the sunny skies, lack of wind, and eager dog got the better of me and off [...]
There is a beautiful creek in Allegany State Park with a bankside trail that is in fairly decent shape… though not well marked. It doesn’t need to be well-marked. Just go upstream until you’re tired, then turn around and go down stream…. Although, once we found a trail that veered off from the brook, through some [...]
It had been so warm for so many days. Finally, rain. But when the rain came, the temperatures dropped… into the 40s… too cold, according to the experts, for the Spotted Salamanders to migrate to the pools. I knew there was little hope of finding them, but I ventured out anyway with camera, flashlights, cell [...]