Creature Adventures by Sarah Hatfield

Creature Adventures by Sarah Hatfield

This is the time of year for everything – farming, gardening, mowing, planting, harvesting, equipment repairs, house projects, building projects, the list goes on and on. There is so much happening that it is hard to remember to simply take a break and enjoy the...
Play Outside

Play Outside

I visited my parent’s house this past weekend. Upon arriving, the “S” turn drive leads up to the house and yard carved out of the woods — first made by farmers, who knows how many years ago. Perhaps the towering White Pines would know. This pocket of human settlement...
Crayfish, Caddisfly, and Cecropia. Oh My!

Crayfish, Caddisfly, and Cecropia. Oh My!

It’s coming. The 60th Allegany Nature Pilgrimage weekend at Allegany State Park. Dates are June 1-3, when the Red House area of Allegany State Park comes alive with adults, children, nets, binoculars, buckets and professional nature instructors. They both educate and...
Beyond Birds by Jeff Tome

Beyond Birds by Jeff Tome

The name “Audubon” often brings about visions of birdwatchers, those people who inexplicably grab their binoculars and start searching for things with wings. The Audubon Community Nature Center is much more than that. It is a place where classes on plants, gardening,...
A Bumpy Start by Margaret Foley

A Bumpy Start by Margaret Foley

This past weekend I participated in a two-day hike with the Quest Backpacking Program, a backpacking program for eighth graders from Fredonia, Cassadaga, Brocton, and Silver Creek middle schools. There are so many reasons why I love participating in this program, but...
Willows by Sarah Hatfield

Willows by Sarah Hatfield

When I was little, I discovered the Flower Fairies. This seemed to be the perfect combination of fantasy and nature, and I was hooked. Still am, actually. I had a figurine of the Beech Fairy that hung from window. Still do. And a calendar of the fairies. And...