Raptors by Sarah Hatfield

Raptors by Sarah Hatfield

The mama hen with her seven peeps let’s out a low growl and they all freeze, some of them mid-step. Mom continues to growl as I look around thinking cat, dog, or hawk, but see nothing. Three minutes pass, no motion. Finally, I continue with my task of filling...
Local “Old Growth” Forests by Emily Rechin

Local “Old Growth” Forests by Emily Rechin

A common misconception about trees is that the bigger they are, the older they are. This is not always true. Using size to gauge tree age is very similar to comparing people’s age to their size. Humans start small, hit a growth spurt, and remain mostly the same in...
Spicebush by Katie Finch

Spicebush by Katie Finch

Spicebush is a non-descript plant. There seems to be very little that makes it stand out when you first look at it. It is a medium-sized shrub. The leaves are an oval shape with smooth edges. They are an average green color and blend in with other, similar, green...
Peace, Mud, and Swarms of Students by Jeff Tome

Peace, Mud, and Swarms of Students by Jeff Tome

Peace and mud surround me as I stand in the middle of Audubon’s Big Pond. A Northern Harrier, also known as a Marsh Hawk, dips and glides over the cattails. Rails call like monkeys from the reeds. The water and mud come up to my thighs as we walk, plop, and sink...