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Blue-winged Warbler singing

Voice of the Turtle

May 15, 2013

I was driving north on 235 the other day and passed a small church along the side of the road. As is common these days, the church had a marquee… [Continued]


Spotted Turtle

April 29, 2013

There are only about thirteen species of turtle in Pennsylvania, maybe nine of those are found in the Central Ridge and Valley.  Of these, perhaps the hardest to spot is… [Continued]

American Lady on Knapweed

Cherish the Ladies

February 4, 2013

Long ago I served in Hawai’i. When I left the islands, I bought a wildlife painting to commemorate my tour. The painting shows an Old World flycatcher named the ‘Elepaio… [Continued]


Critter of the Year, 2012

January 1, 2013

April is usually a little early for dragonflies. I pick up a few Green Darners (Anax junius) throughout the month, but that is a pretty unmistakable dragonfly. In fact, I… [Continued]


Jamaican Shovellers

December 23, 2012

Ever wonder about scientific names? Me too, especially ones that seem easy to translate, but hard to understand. I offer for your consideration, Oxyura jamaicensis, the Ruddy Duck. When Superstorm… [Continued]


The Dying of the Year

October 28, 2012

As October fades and November approaches, there is always a sense of loss.  Certainly there is still much to see in the late autumn hills, but much of what we… [Continued]

Variegated Fritillaries

Like a Butterfly

September 20, 2012

Like most critters, butterflies are not indifferent to the promptings of l’amour. It is not uncommon to see a pair flopping through the air, hooked together in passion’s embrace. In… [Continued]

Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)

Of Ignorance and Affirmation (2: Affirmation)

September 5, 2012

When last we met, I was still slogging confused and uncertain through the mire of my entomological and botanical ignorance. Shortly thereafter, I turned a corner, literally turned a corner,… [Continued]

Great Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

Of Ignorance and Affirmation (Part 1: Ignorance)

August 31, 2012

I think it says something good about my strength character that I have not given up on trying to identify Skippers. For those of you who are not cognoscenti of… [Continued]

Red-footed Cannibal, Promachus rufipes).

Red-footed Cannibals

August 18, 2012

One hates to dispute with the Bard. He is dead, after all, and cannot defend himself, but I’m not sure he’s right about names. In my experience our words often… [Continued]

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