Interpretive Naturlist

Notes from the Land: Great Horned Owls

As the season turns from fall to winter, many of us are hunkering down and staying cozy in our homes. Early darkness and cold can keep us from venturing out; however, if you’re looking for some magic and want a little adventure it’s time to start listening for owls. Their mating season has begun! There [...]

Categories: Animals, Birds

Creating Living Landscapes: Why They Matter and What You Can Do to Help

As you drive down any street in any town, city, or even the countryside, what you most likely see are squares of mowed green grass, maybe a flower garden and a few shrubs. These are dead landscapes as far as insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds are concerned. There may not be cover for a bird [...]

Categories: Animals, Birds, Land Management, Plants

Birds in the Heartland: Aerial Insectivores

Float up, dive down, quick turn, out and back from the twig perch. Graceful, flowing, surprising in their agility as they move through space. This describes the aerial acrobatics of a group of birds that hunt for food “on the fly.” What are they looking for? Any winged or flying insect that would make a [...]

Categories: Birds

Sowing Seed: An Act of Faith

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. … Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”– Henry David Thoreau Autumn 2010 It’s a partly cloudy morning, temperatures are hovering around 35 degrees, [...]

Categories: Plants

Spring Awakening

At the edge of night, the sun pulls down its soothing shade, and peepers creeping from leafy covers tune-up to sing. Who will start this evening’s song with fluted notes that serenade the night? Someone begins, the same song his ancestors sang, and the forest fills with an urgent chorus. It must be high honor [...]

Categories: Amphibians, Animals, Seasonal
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