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Invasive Species Run Wild
Ecologically speaking, the most dangerous guests are the invasive species—the insects, animals, and...
The Wonder of Our Oceans
Tornadoes roar across the USA. Giant earthquakes shake the Earth. Storms rip across the continent. ...
With the Tide Predictions Calculator, find high and low beach tides for any location in the U.S....
Zugunruhe and Other Sixth Senses
Summer’s on the wane, and yet it’s hard to put a finger on how we know, exactly. Like a moon one...
Change Your Tune
“We’ll know her when we see her!” shouts a friend in greeting, then disappears down the hill. Who...
Blog: Your Backyard Birds: What Birds Have You Seen?
At breakfast, I sit near my backyard window and listen to birds’ sweet songs in the morning light....
The Great Snowy Invasion of '14
The natural world doesn’t grab headlines too often. It’s just not suited to the 24-hour news cycle...
Redeeming the Raven, Evermore
So I hear you’re looking for a life coach. You know, somebody to straighten you out, get you back...
The Rise of a Sparrow
What’s brown and brown and brown all over? What skulks like a cat, camouflages like a chameleon,...
Attracting The Attention Of Strangers In A Public Park
I wonder if modern times have made us more tolerant of one another’s eccentricities. In the old...
What's On The Air?
It comes in first on the short-wave: a few tentative peeps from the spring peepers, a Morse code...
Weather Proverbs and Prognostics: Insects and Reptiles
Next time you see an ant or a spider, check out what it’s doing—it could let you know something...
Wild Bird Food Preferences
What do you feed the birds? Our handy wild bird food chart lists the type of seeds, nuts, and other...
Rules for Hand-Taming Wild Birds
Here are a few simple but very important rules you must remember if you wish to succeed with birds...
Blog: My Feathery Friends
Through the summer, I have suet hanging on a hook on my deck next to the hummingbird feeder. I can...
Honeybees in the Garden: As Busy As Can Bee
Honeybees provide a great service to agriculture: they pollinate more crops than any other insect,...
Birch Trees: Barking Up the Right Birch
With its distinctive peeling chalky-white bark, the white birch tree (Betula papyrifera) is a...
Smallmouth Bass: What are They and How do you Catch One?
The Algonquin Indians call the smallmouth bass achigan, which means “the one that fights.” With all...
How to Estimate the Weight of a Fish
Here’s how to estimate the weight of a fish. Measure the fish from the tip of its nose to the tip...
How to Catch and Cook Trout
Tips for Catching Trout Never fish with the Sun behind you. Trout have excellent eyesight; if...
Blog: Signs of Spring
How do you foretell the coming of spring? Every year, I enjoy hearing what readers from different...
Bird Food Recipe: Woodpecker Pudding
Here is a recipe for the birds! 8 pounds suet 2 pounds peanut butter 8-ounce bottle corn syrup 2...
Bird Food Recipe: Fine-Feathered Entree
Try this bird food recipe to attract your feathered friends! 3 parts melted fat (suet preferred) 1...
Bird Food Recipe: Junco Cornbread
Try this bird food recipe—just place in mesh bags and hang outdoors! 2 cups cornmeal 2...
Seasonal Crafts: How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath
Learn how to make a bird seed wreath with these simple instructions, and create something very...
The Four Fundamentals of Successful Fishing
Here are some tried-and-true fishing tips from an expert fisherman. Be at the right place at the...
Ice-fishing, while enjoyable, can also be dangerous. Here are some ice-fishing safety tips for...
How Do Fish...
Here is some information about how fish live and breathe, so to speak. How do fish … Swim? Fish...
Blog: A Caterpillar Grows Up
A new baby was delivered today. She has cream-colored skin and a black head. She's only about ¼...
Blog: Bee Kind
As my husband and I worked in the garden this weekend, I noticed the bees visiting my azaleas (okay...
Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat
Creating a bird-friendly environment is simply a matter of providing the creature comforts we all...
Tides Great & Small
Tides can range in size from small to great, and certain areas of the world are prone to...
The following tidal glossary shows the various tidal ranges and describes the qualities of each....
Perigee and Apogee
Ever heard the terms perigee and apogee? Here is a quick definition. The Moon's orbit periodically...
In the past century, an “air tide,” or shifting of the atmosphere, has been recognized and studied...
Have you ever heard of an Earth tide? Like the oceans, the solid crust of Earth also moves to a...
Earth experiences proxigean tides—an extraordinary tidal range that, when combined with other...
Spring Tides & Neap Tides
The following is a explanation of spring and neap tides in relation to lunar and solar cycles....
Best Fly-Fishing Holes
Fishermen rarely divulge their favorite fly-fishing spots but Phil Monahan, former editor of...
Here are 20 fly-fishing terms, defined by Silvio Calabi, author of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of...
Shrubs and Trees for Birds
To attract your birds to your garden or backyard, you need shrubs and plants that provide food and ...
Lichens are an amazing group of plants that could be the oldest living things on Earth. Their...