Even if you don't have a feeder at home -- and, why not? -- you can watch birds living their best winter lives online. Many nature centers have a live feed from a feeding station. These are New Yorker birds at Cornell University. In Appalachia, we finally have plenty of snow -- and enough cold… Continue reading Winter weary? Take cue from wild things
“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer The goldfinches aren't touching the flowers that are already in seed state, of course. They want the fresh stuff! Were goldfinches not so insanely cute, I wouldn't be nearly so tolerant. They're out there,… Continue reading Going to seed
“She has a memory of trees and fields and nothing more.” James Thurber, The White Deer This morning, when the light was still low enough to be magical, a family walked down the sidewalk outside our house and headed for the school bus stop. Oddly enough, they all had four legs. The kids at the… Continue reading Accommodating critters
"To the tree! To the tree! ... What is up there on top of that tree? A dog party! A big dog party!" P.D. Eastman, "Go, Dog. Go!" When our daughters were little, they could recite Go, Dog. Go! from memory, the lines above being their absolute favorite. And, why wouldn't they be? It's hard to not enjoy the humor of crayon-colored dogs driving themselves… Continue reading A bird party, a big bird party!