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A little before my time, 1872, to be precise, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture proposed that the 10th day of April be set aside as a tree-planting holiday, and thereby named it Arbor Day, the first such celebration in the nation. more
Just as Passover has eight days, and Christmas has twelve, Earth Day has 365 with an extra day added every four years. Impetus for Earth Day's birth on April 22, 1970, began with Rachel Carson's New York Times bestseller "Silent Spring" in 1962. … more
It was little over four centuries ago that the great Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei first aimed his telescope skyward. It's amazing how many people believe that it was he who invented the telescope, but this was most likely an invention from … more
I left the frozen Berkshires one Sunday for a week of birding, botanizing and boating and returned to temperatures in the 70s with spring peepers peeping their single, high-pitched notes, repeated about once a second. more
There always seems to be a moment during holidays, such as Easter, when many of us find our minds adrift in reflections of past celebrations. For someone as well ripened as me, that can go back a long way. more
With springtime well under way, stargazers are beginning to retreat from the blinding lights of large cities to enjoy the sky in its true splendor. And what a great time to begin searching for falling or shooting stars, which are known to … more
"Gardeners, start your tomatoes!" Vroom, vroom. Okay, that refrain may not spur as much exhilaration as a similar call for car racers to start their engines, but it should prompt gardeners to start sowing their tomato seeds this coming week. more
Q: I have never seen bluebirds in my life till last week. I was excited to see them. Now, how do I get rid of them? First it was one, then two, and now so many I cannot count them all. They chased away my woodpeckers, tufted titmouse, nuthatch, and … more
It's been said that most of what we know about the universe comes to us in the form of light. But what is light?Well, that's a darned good question. Scientists have been struggling with that one for ages, and the answer seems equally puzzling. You … more
For many, the timberdoodle is a mythical creature known only through stories or accidental encounters under the cover of darkness. Hearing its bizarre sounds from newly thawed pasture or clearing, should be on everyone's "bucket list." Fortunate, … more
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