Special Event – On Extended Wings: American Birds and American Writing

Have you ever wondered what role birds have played in American literature?  Well it turns out, quite a lot. That is why the Library of America, a nonprofit organization focused on preserving and promoting, publishing, and providing readers with opportunities to engage in American writing, is hosting an online conversation with Olivia Gentile, poet Sidney... Continue Reading →

Hummingbirds as Pollinators

Hummingbird at our feeder - June 09, 2021 My research this week have been focused on pollinators species and pollinator gardens. Hummingbirds, as it turns out, are also a vital part of the pollinator population. There are approximately 328 different species(1) of these amazing little birds, which are a part of the larger order of... Continue Reading →

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in haiku

Earlier this week I posted about Honeysuckles and the importance of pollinator gardens. In that post, I wrote a haiku that mentioned the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus).  Well, as it turns out the Monarch butterfly might have been a perfect fit for my haiku, but it wasn't what I was seeing.  I was actually watching... Continue Reading →

Birding on the internet

One of the things I appreciate the most about the internet is that it allows me to connect and learn from people that I probably would have never met without it. For example, I now have a morning yoga practice because of several online yoga teachers, and my vegan cooking skills have skyrocketed as a... Continue Reading →

Sit Spot Haiku -Eastern American Toad

Today's Haiku: Tending the garden Caring for the young flowers Jump back! Happy toad. I am always excited to see the first toads of the season and the Eastern American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus americanus) is the type of toad that I encounter the most.   Eastern American Toad These toads are between 2.5 and 3 inches... Continue Reading →

Wild Strawberries

I remember the first time I noticed wild strawberries. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was pulling weeds from the flower bed that ran along the fence line. My gaze was focused on the dirt and I was removing everything that didn't look like Lupines. The clovers and grasses had taken over this part... Continue Reading →

Sit Spot Haiku -Amber Snail

Today's Haiku: Early morning dewGathers in the unkept grassA snail emerges Snails are classified as gastropod mollusks. What this means that they are part of the larger mollusk phylum which includes snails, slugs, mussels, and octopuses. The more specific class gastropod, or gastropoda, narrows this group to snails and slugs. Gastropods either have a univalve... Continue Reading →

Sit Spot Haiku -Winter Wren

Today's Haiku: From the distant treesA melodic musicalA winter wren song I had recently heard a friend describe the Winter Wren song as the electric guitar solo of the bird world. I think that is a good description of their cascading, bubbly song that last anywhere between 5 - 10 seconds. Click the link below... Continue Reading →

Wilson’s Snipe

When I was as a young boy there was this thing we did at night called a Snipe Hunt.  A Snipe Hunt is where  you headed into the woods after dark looking to see, or catch, a Snipe.  Part of the challenge with this “hunt” was that no one knew what a Snipe was or... Continue Reading →

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