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Q: We watch the birds at our feeders with much pleasure. Our question is, how and where do birds sleep in this cold weather? We feel sorry for them.— Beverly, EgremontA: There really is no reason to feel sorry for them; winter songbirds are … more
It's hard to believe that anyone can even tell, but actually, this one's not too hard to spot. Its name is Mira, and it's what astronomers know as a long-period variable star.OK, so it's not really a new star. But it is one that we haven't seen for … more
Like gardening? Want to share your skills with your community or family? Master Gardener programs are creating an army of volunteers who contribute hours of stewardship.Specialties run the gamut, although most focus on nutrition. There are Master … more
Q: Would you have a recommendation on what kind and make of binoculars I should buy for bird watching?— ChrisA: I must first share my own experience. From my teen years until say 20 years ago, I never could bring myself to spend more than $75 … more
If you're like me, you've been marveling at the brilliant star now appearing in the western sky at dusk. You may also have noticed that it seems to be closing in on another fainter star just above it.Well, if they were truly stars, I'd be worried. … more
Winter, especially early winter, is a good time of year for gardeners to travel. Houseplants now are most tolerant of neglect and, if we plan a little, they can even thrive in our absence.Lack of water is the major threat to neglected plants. But … more
Q: When I was growing up, there were hoards of evening grosbeaks at our feeders. In today's Eagle (Jan. 15), the bird count doesn't even list the species. If you haven't already done so, perhaps an article could be written about their demise in the … more
A gardener's resolutions, as the new year begins, are modest ones. The world won't end if a lawn isn't mowed on schedule, though it will grow better if it is. There is no crime in growing too many tomato seedlings, even if the time could be spent … more
Every year around this time, I can expect my email inbox to overflow and my phone to begin ringing. Folks who spend time outdoors during early-evening hours in mid-January frequently notice a brilliantly sparkling diamond low in the southeastern … more
In my Dec. 25 column, I was hoping for birds from the far north to invade our area, though thus far I have heard nothing of the usual erratic species that surprise us in large numbers some years and are all but absent others. I anxiously waited … more
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