Caterpillars

Caterpillars

If there was any doubt about the diversity of life on Earth, one just need look at caterpillars. The variety of colors, shapes, and pattern of different species is astounding. It is estimated that east of the Mississippi, there are approximately 5,000 different...
A Naturalist’s Year by Jeff Tome

A Naturalist’s Year by Jeff Tome

Every season has its own sound. Summer is the sound of insects buzzing in the fields, of birds chirping in the wee hours of the morning and of hawks screaming in the sky. Imagining those sounds brings memories of camping sunrises with birds all around in a deafening...
Panama Rocks by Tom Erlandson

Panama Rocks by Tom Erlandson

  During most of my youth, when I was growing up on the south side of Jamestown, my family did not have a car. Our transportation was by bus, bicycle, or on foot, which Dad called “shank’s mare.” So it was a special occasion when, one summer day at age nine, I went...
Snakes by Adam Carlson

Snakes by Adam Carlson

We have all been there before, walking in a garden or along a pond edge, when all of a sudden a snake slithers out onto the path. Snakes, especially bigger ones, can look intimidating. Around here, though, almost all the snakes are totally harmless to humans. The two...