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November 20, 2017

At Thanksgiving, we think of the American Wild Turkey which has graced many a plate since the early settlers arrived in the early 1600s.  The Wild Turkey needs no introduction so perhaps a brief history about our native bird is in order.  Brief History of Wild Turkeys In the early 1800’s, Alexander Wilson provided so much information on the natural history of the turkey in his encyclopedic American Ornithology that John James Audubon was unable to truly improve on the knowledge of the species... more

November 20, 2017

Facing some health issues this fall, I turned my mind toward how to make holiday meals that would minimize exertion but maximize variety and flavor. For some reason, instead of frozen casseroles, stews, lasagnes, and quiches, two words popped into my mind: bowls and boards! Bowls, boards, mugs, and platters offer up the variety of foods that guests enjoy without endless cooking. Here are some examples: HOLIDAY BOWLS Mixed salad greens tossed with roasted chickpeas and black beans (just open... more

November 10, 2017

They’re as common as mosquitoes in summer, and about as beloved. Unfortunately there’s no repellant for varicose veins and spider veins, which affect most people to varying degrees as they age. Here’s more information about varicose and spider vein causes and treatments. What are Varicose and Spider Veins? Varicose and spider veins are similar, but not exactly the same thing. Here’s the difference between them, in terms of appearance: Varicose veins appear as gnarly, ribbon-like tubes that... more

November 8, 2017

Henry David Thoreau once observed, “I rejoice that there are owls,”—and we have to agree. Read on to learn all about a fascinating and formidable bird of prey: the owl! The Alluring Owl Most people become attracted to owls at an early age, and they are often the first bird recognized by young children. Any grandparent can recall being delighted by the first “hoo, hoo” of a grandchild. Our interest in owls goes back thousands of years to caves in France—then Arctic tundra—where an Ice Age artist... more

November 2, 2017

Native to the Arctic regions, we do not see the stunning snowy owl often (Harry Potter movies, aside). But once in a while this rare visitor from the tundra will migrate further south. Where Snowy Owls Migrate Snowy owls are an irruptive species, meaning that where they migration depends on their varying food supply from year to year. The owl’s movements seem to be tied to the availability of two rodents, the brown and arctic lemmings, sweet, pocket-sized, gerbilly creatures whose populations... more

October 25, 2017

Before we built a small food-producing greenhouse to replace a collapsing south-facing porch, I successfully grew salad greens all winter long in recycled plastic containers under a couple of inexpensive fluorescent shop lights. You can grow salads all winter, too! Growing Lettuce Under Lights For starting my spring transplants, I’d already installed six two-bulb shop lights outfitted with full-spectrum grow lights and suspended by chains and S-hooks from the ceiling of my living-room alcove. I... more

October 23, 2017

Do you have trouble sleeping at night due to restless legs? Here’s a list of restless legs syndrome home remedies and symptoms. What Is Restless Legs Syndrome? They arrive soon after you lie down to sleep: strange sensations creeping through your legs. People variously describe the sensations as tugging, pulling, tingling, stinging, throbbing, itching, or aching; others say it feels as if something is crawling or flowing inside their legs. The sensations produce a near-irresistible urge to... more

October 20, 2017

Do you often feel fatigued during the day for seemingly no reason at all? Here are some of the most common causes of fatigue—and how to overcome them! Why Am I So Tired? You’ve tossed and turned for nights or, even worse, got a seemingly good night’s sleep, only to awake feeling sluggish and exhausted. Everyone goes through periods of fatigue. Life events and everyday stressors are often to blame. But when those occasional bouts become chronic and interfere with life, it’s time to consider... more

October 17, 2017

How do birds know where to migrate to without getting lost? How do they navigate the dark night sky? Read on to discover the secrets of bird migration! In autumn, millions of songbirds migrate at night to their winter homes in Central and South America from breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada. Warblers, thrushes, and buntings are just some of the species that are night migrants, and occasionally these birds can be observed (with the aid of binoculars) crossing the full... more

October 17, 2017

You open a bag of whole wheat flour, a box of cereal, or a bag of dog food to find little worms or moths or perhaps some webs. Ew! What Are Pantry Moths? You’ve just encountered the Indian meal moth, perhaps the most common among the “pantry pests.” These moths can infest bags or boxes of flour, grains, dried beans, seeds, nuts, cereals, baking chocolate, cake mixes, rice, nuts, dried fruit, dog food, birdseed, teas, herbs, spices, potpourri mixtures, and even decorative wreaths that include... more

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