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Wood Thrushes

On our hikes around Sandy Lake, in northeastern Ohio, this week, I have encountered the usual mix of permanent and summer residents. Of note has been a fair number of wood thrushes, more common than I would have expected in the limited,...Show More Summary

Back at Sandy Lake

Attending my wife's family reunion in northeast Ohio this week, we have returned to Sandy Lake, southeast of Kent. Their cottage sits on the north shore of that scenic kettle lake, offering a broad view of the open waters.Fortunately,...Show More Summary

Climate of the British Isles

Like many Americans, I watched parts of the British Open over the weekend and, for those of us caught in hot, humid weather, the cool air in Scotland looked very inviting. While we sat in our air-conditioned homes, perhaps in front of...Show More Summary

The Delusion of Purpose

In the course of human tragedies, whether they are caused by an accident, illness, natural catastrophe or criminal activity, we often hear the retort that "everything happens for a reason." The implication is that God has a master plan...Show More Summary

Summer Vagrants

When it comes to finding avian vagrants (species found outside their usual range), fall and winter are perhaps the best seasons for birders; many species wander widely as they head for wintering grounds and a variety of irruptive species grace Temperate latitudes during the colder months. Show More Summary

Nature Journals

This Saturday, July 16, I will make a presentation on nature journals to the 2016 Virginia Master Naturalist Class. Here is a list of resources for nature journals. Many of the links I listed on the slides on my powerpoint have beenShow More Summary

A Soggy Floodplain

After several days of intermittent, heavy rain, a soggy landscape greeted me at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area this morning; flooded fields, swollen sloughs and bank-full pools seemed to affect a variety of species. Powerlines were loaded...Show More Summary

The Savannah River

The upper tributaries of the Savannah River rise on the eastern flank of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southern North Carolina. The Tallulah River rises southwest of Franklin, flowing south and then southeast while the Chattooga RiverShow More Summary

Rainout at Eagle Bluffs

When I arrived at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area this morning, a gray overcast stretched above the floodplain and the air was pleasantly mild. A flock of blue grosbeaks fed along the entry road and, farther along, a small bevy of bobwhites darted across my path. Show More Summary

The Madden-Julian Oscillation

First described in 1971, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is an area of atmospheric disturbance in the Tropics, characterized by a dipole of suppressed and enhanced convection (precipitation) that propagates eastward throughout the year; depending on its forward velocity, this "wave" circles the globe every 30 to 60 days. Show More Summary

Pileated Woodpeckers in Farm Country

After a week in Cincinnati, I left for Missouri this morning, driving northwest through Indiana. Despite the sunny, mild weather, only a dozen or so birds flew across my path between Cincinnati and Terre Haute; a great egret and a yellow-billed...Show More Summary

Springwatch Series Producer reflects on a fantastic year

2 weeks agoHobbies / Nature : Nature UK

Springwatch Series Producer Adam White reflects on the 2016 Springwatch journey

The Nature of Derechos

Derechos are long-lived wind events that begin as a cluster of thunderstorms. When such clusters develop in a favorable wind environment (where surface and upper level winds are moving in the same direction), they often develop a "bow...Show More Summary

Juno & The Ark

Today, the Juno probe began to orbit Jupiter. After traveling 1.8 billion miles over five years, the probe will spend the next two years studying our solar system's largest planet, beaming information back to Earth, some 500 million miles away. Show More Summary

Living with Bears Redux

2 weeks agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

Most summer evenings after the heat of the day has faded, I walk Butterfly Loop. This trail encircles a portion of our 37-acre meadow we call First Field. Often I’m treated to a stunning sunset, and always I hear and see songbirds that prefer a meadow of forbs or the edge of a wooded ridge. […]

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