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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 »»

Winter Birdfeeder Survey part II

February 12, 2009 After writing Part I last week, I received a few more interesting photos and suggestions regarding sightings that have occurred during the week that will add a new twist to the results of the surve. more »»

Time for the annual Allen Benton Winter Birdfeeder Survey

February 7, 2009 In 1987, my column predecessor and College biology professor, Allen Benton, started an annual bird feeder survey. more »»

Butterflies in winter

February 7, 2009 To learn about what happens to our butterflies in the winter, we need to cover the life cycle of these beautiful creature. more »»

The mysterious owls of winter

January 31, 2009 While sitting in my living room a few weeks ago, I heard a strange, but, yet familiar sound from above on the roof. more »»

A ‘change’ of heart for the new year

January 31, 2009 The sun is shining. It is too cold to even go outside and stand for a few minutes with skin exposed, to soak up the vitamin D my body is hungry for, but it is shinin. more »»

Rare locally, birds are Florida specialties

January 24, 2009 I am very fortunate in that I receive many photographs, topic ideas and other nature material from many of you, whether you live in our area or happen to be traveling to other parts of the country. more »»

Witch-hazel is a native, winter-blooming tree

January 24, 2009 Yes, there really is a native tree that blooms in late autumn or winter. Mine bloomed in Novembe. more »»

Shadowy animals of the winter night

January 16, 2009 The evening air of late January and February is usually soft and mild, with occasional sounds from early spring peepers along with other frogs and toads. more »»



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