Exploring Warren County by Jeff Tome

Exploring Warren County by Jeff Tome

The air cooled down noticeably as we descended the trail between giant rocks the size of houses. It smelled of damp moss, flowering oak, and that indefinable smell of spring. My children scrambled into a crack and started climbing, while my wife and I slowed down to...
Surviving the Storm by Sarah Hatfield

Surviving the Storm by Sarah Hatfield

For a while there, the natural world was about two weeks early. It was promising, and so I started some seeds a little earlier than I normally would, cued by what was really happening outdoors, since the plants don’t know about the calendar, nor do they care. Then,...
Nests by Sarah Hatfield

Nests by Sarah Hatfield

There is both skill and art involved in taking natural materials and fashioning them into a useful object. Humans have done this in the past, harvesting plants and turning them in shelters, clothes, furniture and tools. I can’t help but wonder how they figured it out,...
The Birdscape by Jeff Tome

The Birdscape by Jeff Tome

“Sweet, Sweet, Sweet. I’m so sweet!” A bird called from the bushes and the group I was with claimed that it was saying those magical words. “Sweet, Sweet, Sweet. I’m so sweet!” All I hear is a series of tweets, but I nod and try to hear what the group hears and see...
Earth Day Possibilities by Leigh Rovegno

Earth Day Possibilities by Leigh Rovegno

2020 marks the beginning of a new way forward in more ways than one. It’s the beginning of a new decade, one of which that is already filled with many uncertainties. The year is defined by Wikipedia as follows: “The 2020s (pronounced “twenty-twenties”) is the...
The Void without Volunteers by Jeff Tome

The Void without Volunteers by Jeff Tome

Audubon Community Nature Center feels dead inside. The doors are locked. The lights are off. Heat is only on in the office and for the live animals in order to save money. It is cool, dark, and echoes with that odd quiet of places that are abandoned. Frankly, while...