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Last weekend, as I was refilling the hulled sunflower seed feeder, two rival male black-capped chickadees began their spring rivalry. Hidden from sight within the evergreen hedge we share with Al and … more
Constellations are like states. Just as the continental U.S. is divided into 48 such states — some large and some small — the heavens are also divided into 88 constellations. And just as every city in the U.S. (except … more
A READER'S 99 PERCENT SQUIRREL-PROOF FEEDERGet some old [or new] vinyl-clad clothes line at least twice as long as the distance between a [sturdy] tree branch [about 20 feet] and the ground. To one … more
Garden wildlife reminds me of teenagers — the critters eat distressingly huge meals then leave without communicating about what they have been up to or where they are going. Except in … more
Q: [A] young pileated woodpecker was a frequent visitor with his family late last summer and fall, but now comes occasionally. Regarding the red-bellied, we had a family (and more). A pair remained, … more
This week we observe St. Valentine's day, a time for celebrating the universal emotion of love. And nowhere is love more represented at this time of year than in the starry heavens.Ask any stargazer … more
This is the season when wintry weather drives us indoors. It's a time for pondering landscape improvements. It's also the time of year when elevated utility bills forcibly remind us of the cost of … more
Q: I read your column regularly and always enjoy learning new things from you. We have a bird feeder on our back deck, and I love to watch the birds (and squirrels) who come to eat at our feeder in … more
While you are watching Wednesday morning's wonderful total lunar eclipse — please check the last two weeks' columns for details — make sure you take some time to scan the rest of the … more
PLAINFIELD — Trees surround Jennifer Lee's rustic home, but harvesting their bark for the baskets populating her shelves isn't an on-demand activity."There's a season to taking the bark off a … more
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