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Merganser Moms

The first really fun observation I would like to share is the experience of watching female Common Mergansers shepherding their large broods of chicks while the youngsters learned to fish. […]

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Pennsylvania Passes Prescribed Burning Act

Many ecological communities in Pennsylvania (including native grasslands, oak-hickory forests, and serpentine barrens) depend on periodic fires to maintain their plant community composition and structure.  In an even wider range of habitats, fire can be a tool to help combat invasion by non-native plant species.  But conducting prescribed burns on private land has been […]

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Ivory-billed Woodpecker Film Opens

It’s been more than four years since I left Arkansas, Ivory-billed Woodpecker T-shirt in hand, just days after the news of the rediscovery of the species broke in the national media.  During five months in the swamps over the winter and spring of 2004-2005, I had really gotten to know the Big Woods.  Lately […]

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Take Me to the River

I’m headed to the Catskills to enjoy the woods and the river for a few days.  Last year I did a lot of botanizing, mothing, and bee photography.  Hopefully this year will be even better!

Fishing in the Catskills

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A Helpful House Sparrow

The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is one of those critters that birders love to hate.  The species makes a habit of usurping the nest sites of native species, especially bluebirds, and is therefore reviled by many a birder.

Initially released on this continent in the early 1850s in New York City and parts of […]

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