Music of the Feeders

Music of the Feeders

By Katie Finch Watching the birds at the birdfeeders has become a Sunday morning routine at my house. With the feeders fully stocked and coffee freshly poured, I sit at the dining room table and watch. Always a fan of lists, I’ve started jotting down the species I see...
Winter Wetlands

Winter Wetlands

By Katie Finch I look out across the wetlands at Audubon for a moment. My first thought is how dull the landscape looks. What was a riot of sounds and a tangle of green in summer now looks still and bland. Of course, it is glorious with a blanket of fresh snow. But on...
Nature Calms

Nature Calms

By Jeff Tome Gentle waves lapped the shore with a soothing rhythm as we walked along the edge of Lake Erie. Loons were diving into the water and bobbing back up. Gulls screamed overhead and dove down to grab fish lurking just under the surface. The beach was almost...
Opossum Encounters

Opossum Encounters

By Chelsea Jandreau I recently realized that I haven’t been outside in nature at night without the encumbrance of lights, cars and an abundance of people in some time. I haven’t been camping recently. I no longer lead night hikes, and I live in a place that is awash...
Documenting Nature

Documenting Nature

By Katie Finch Last week I found a Mourning Cloak butterfly while cleaning up the yard. It was tucked among the bottom logs in a stack of firewood. If it hadn’t flapped its wings I would have never seen it. The coloring of the underside of the wing was the perfect...
The Magic of Seeds

The Magic of Seeds

By Sarah Hatfield Most of you have probably noticed that the leaves this year have been, by tourism standards, disappointing. I would also add ‘hard to predict’ as the best color in my neighborhood came weeks after Pennsylvania had declared the region peak. However,...