Category Archives: life

Historical data – shorebirds and a sea turtle on the Virginia Coast Reserve


Long ago my life was quite different. I spent a lot more time outside and I traveled to some pretty wild places. I did not, however, carry a camera with me. Back in those days, you might have a compact … Continue reading

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Yellow-breasted Chat display


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
Growing up in New York, I longed to see and hear the Yellow-breasted Chat, a beautiful bird of southern thickets known more for its unusual song as its brilliant yellow-orange breast. While some chats…

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tuliptree in flower


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
You may be familiar with Liriodendron tulipifera, the “tulip-bearing lily tree” commonly called tuliptree, tulip poplar, yellow poplar, or canoetree. I never knew this tree from the beech-maple-hemlock forests of my upstate NY youth,…

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weekly haiku – the kids’ first one


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
Katie likes kitties. They wrote this haiku themselves. James is a doggie. (Not particularly inspired we know, but they were both dressed as these respective pets when they wrote it.)

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Where we wouldn’t put wind turbines


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
Let’s just say for the sake of argument that wind power actually was as “green” as developers and lobbyists would have us believe – a big stretch, but bear with me. It would make…

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The dark side of wind power


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
We can talk about numbers – more birds are killed by windows than anything else – so the number of birds killed by wind turbines is generally thought to be an acceptable amount of…

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The Wild Side newsletter – March 2018


The Wildlife Diversity Program of our Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation publishes a great little e-newsletter: The Wild Side. This month’s issue hearkens to the extraordinary ecosystem diversity our state packs into its relatively modest area: mixed-grass prairie, Ozark caves, … Continue reading

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