Season of Love by Sarah Hatfield

Season of Love by Sarah Hatfield

As I write this, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. I am not a fan of the “holiday” such that it is. Rather it marks a different milestone for me. The middle of February is when many animals awake. Love is in the air for them as well as humans, and often it is the males...
Under the Ice and Snow by Margaret Foley

Under the Ice and Snow by Margaret Foley

Like most of Western New York I decided to use the recent warm winter weather to dethaw and get outside. After going back and forth about where I wanted to go hiking, I finally decided on Bear Cave Trail, a four-mile trail on the Quaker side of Allegany State Park....
Transitions by Jennifer Schlick

Transitions by Jennifer Schlick

Change is inevitable. Night becomes day. Winter gives way to spring. Caterpillars turn into butterflies, eggs into baby birds, acorns into mighty oaks, seedpods into clouds of fluff. I close my eyes in the dark and wake up with the sun streaming in my window. The...
Tracking by Katie Finch

Tracking by Katie Finch

One of my favorite things to do on winter walks is look for animal tracks. Creatures can hardly avoid leaving their mark in the winter snow. I headed out on a short walk at lunch, without agenda or destination but curious to see who was about in this winter weather...
Dead Things by Sarah Hatfield

Dead Things by Sarah Hatfield

I have a sign that says “if people bring you dead things and it gets you excited, you might be a naturalist.” It is part of campaign that the National Association for Interpretation is running, but that one made me laugh, and is quite accurate so I printed it and hung...