White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Potholes and Waterfowl

If I say I’m going to write about potholes, I know some of you will think I am referring to the axle eating black holes found on our highways at this time of year, but  you’d be wrong.  As you slalom your way down the road, trying to avoid the next crater, think for a
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Ruffed Grouse

Last Thursday I cross-country skied on our trails thinking it might be the last time this year.  It was below zero and there was still a nice amount of snow on the ground, but the forecast was calling for temperatures to rise into the high 40s or even 50s the next week.  I’m glad I
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Ring-Necked Pheasants

You probably haven’t had these birds at your feeders, but you might have seen some ring-necked pheasants as you whiz by them in your car.  This is a good time of year, while driving on country roads or even along the freeway to spot these flamboyant (male) game birds.  Last week I saw two beautiful
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Hardy Chickadees

Trying to write when your desk is next to a window is both good news and bad.  Good because I get a lot of natural light on my workspace.  Bad because it also means my eyes are easily distracted by movement outside the window and lately there’s been a lot of movement.  Luckily, my typing
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A Little Fat Goes A Long Ways

This winter the jet stream is following the same path that it did last year and sending arctic air shooting straight down through the upper Midwest.  Inevitably the polar air will shift back to the north, but while it puts a strain on our heating resources, we can’t forget the impact it has on wildlife.
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Peace On Earth

T’is the season when we wish one another – “Glad Tidings and Goodwill to All Men (and women)” and we also wish and pray for Peace on Earth.  In the Judeo-Christian tradition the dove has been chosen to be the physical representation of peace.  It is in the story of Noah and the flood that
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Progress and the need for change

Last month marked the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Not to be confused with the carrier or homing pigeon, it is documented that passenger pigeons were once the most numerous bird species in North America. Eyewitness accounts around 1860 report that billion-bird flocks darkened the sky in formations reaching hundreds of miles
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