Below the Snow Blanket by Sarah Hatfield

Below the Snow Blanket by Sarah Hatfield

I scowled as I watched the snowflakes fall outside the window. Yet fifteen minutes later, driving through the fat puffs of white, like Han Solo on the Millennium Falcon in hyperdrive, I comment on the beauty of the snow coated branches. Finally, I worry about the...
Fall Hope by Katie Finch

Fall Hope by Katie Finch

November comes around each year with its early nights, brown landscape, and cloudy skies. Bleak is the word that comes to mind as I write this on day where there is a skim of ice on the pond, fog obscuring the distant tree line and pockets of leftover snow among the...
The Big Picture by Jeff Tome

The Big Picture by Jeff Tome

There was a flock of birds at Audubon last week whose population has dropped by 85% to 99% in the last 40 years. That’s a huge number. For every 100 birds around when I was born, only one exists today. No one even knows what has caused the decline and, truthfully, no...
Salamanders by Sarah Hatfield

Salamanders by Sarah Hatfield

Imagine a small, slimy creature. They are ubiquitous in the good forests, the ones with leaf litter, plenty of debris, and good soil quality. Not too wet, but dampness is essential. They are carnivores, eating myriad tiny invertebrates but known to eat the eggs and...
A Late Fall Hike by Katie Finch

A Late Fall Hike by Katie Finch

I’ve been in the office quite a bit lately so when I had a long break on one of the recent mild fall days I took the opportunity to take a hike. Since I was close to it, I headed to the Westside Overland Trail that runs 24 miles from the town of Harmony to Mayville in...