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Blooming with possibilities

May 30, 2009 My routine to wind down from a day at work is to wander around my one acre and check on my plants. Some of them I nurture, all of them I care for. more »»

For the love of birds

May 23, 2009 The morning was misty, that morning fog that envelops the trees, and lies across the water like a down comforter. more »»

Think spring, think butterflies

May 9, 2009 This article is going to continue discussing those butterflies in our area, what they use as host and nectar plants, and in what habitats you can find them. more »»

Here Come the Flycatchers - Part I

April 26, 2009 A group of birds that is quite common in our county, but not as well known to most people such as other birds like robins, woodpeckers, and sparrows, are the flycatcher. more »»

The Mammals of Chautauqua County - Part II

April 19, 2009 Last week we discussed some of the mammals that can be found in our count. more »»

The Mammals of Chautauqua County

April 12, 2009 I cannot think of another group of animals that fascinates children and adults more than this one. more »»

Audubon seeks volunteers

April 4, 2009 Each year, Audubon sees more than 5,000 children at the Center. Most of them come between mid-April and mid-June with their school classes for a Discovery Walk. more »»

The long-legged waders

March 29, 2009 Probably one group of birds that excite and entertain us from time to time is the group referred to as the long-legged waders. These are among some of the largest birds we see in our county. more »»

Birds that eat their own feathers

March 21, 2009 Grebes are some of my favorite waterfowl. However, they’re not necessarily easy to identify. I might be with friends and say “There’s a Pied-billed Grebe.” They’ll say “Where?” I’ll say, “Uh-oh. more »»

Insects in spring

March 21, 2009 Spring season normally starts at this time of year on what is known as the Vernal Equinox, (or near March 21 in the northern hemisphere). This is when night and day are both nearly the same length. more »»

Spring migration and its history

March 15, 2009 As we approach the end of the winter season, we excitedly wait for the start of the spring migration season to commence. more »»

Celebrating nature all around

March 15, 2009 By SARAH HATFIELD Special to the OBSERVER I just spent a week in Alabam. more »»

The winter mammals of Chautauqua County

March 7, 2009 This week’s article will focus on the mammals observed in the county during the winter season; however, before proceeding, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you for the... more »»

Think spring, think butterflies, get out your catalogs Part I

March 7, 2009 The sun is beginning to shine again — at least some days. I need to order new plant species to attract butterflies. more »»

The final results of the Allen Benton Feeder Survey

February 28, 2009 This column concludes the final report of the annual Allen Benton Bird Feeder count. more »»

Frogs make music to nature lover’s ears

February 28, 2009 The storm came and went like a nightmare. Wind tore its way through tree branches and battered my homemade birdfeeder against my fourth-floor window. more »»

Star Watch: The February skies

February 22, 2009 Mercury rises in the east-southeast shortly after 6 a.m. early in February, but you will need an unobstructed view of the horizon in order to spot it. more »»

Benton bird feeder study results part 1

February 21, 2009 The responses I have received to this year’s annual Benton bird feeder study which was started in 1987 by my column predecessor Allen Benton has been amazing. more »»

Rough-legged and red-shouldered hawks in winter

February 21, 2009 This week in my travels, I’ve sighted two hawks. The first was the Rough-legged Hawk, that irrupts from the north. The second was the Red-Shouldered Hawk, that is a permanent resident in our area. more »»

Tourist in our own backyard

February 14, 2009 What type of tree is most likely to get struck by lightning in this area? That was one of the questions on the “Tourist Test”, which was designed by the Wilderness Awareness School to see how well... more »»

 
 

 

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