• The Beauty in Nature: Wooded Bottomland Hawks and Owls

    Red-shouldered hawks and barred owls are interesting, handsome counterparts of each other; both species live and raise young in wooded bottomlands, often near bodies of water.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Diverging Weasels

    All members of the weasel family demonstrate that species in any family of wildlife diverge into a variety of habitats to take advantage of foods and shelter in each one. That diversion created the many kinds of weasels found throughout much of the world.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Crows and Geese at Shopping Malls

    Late in the afternoon one day this past November, noisy multitudes of American crows and Canada geese were on a short-grass lawn behind a local shopping mall.

  • The Beauty in Nature: North American Jays

    We’ve had blue jays in our yard for the more than 30 years I’ve lived at my home. Having blue feathering with black and white markings, blue jays are attractive and welcome on our lawn.

  • The Beauty in Nature: When the Tide is Out

    Earth’s oceans twice daily rise around the world like a “wave” of people at a sporting event because of the pull of our moon’s gravity.

  • The Beauty in Nature: October Farmland

    Autumn reminds us that winter is coming, with its short daylight each day and cooling temperatures.

  • The Beauty in Nature: October Farmland

    Autumn reminds us that winter is coming, with its short daylight each day and cooling temperatures.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Farmland Mammals

    Several kinds of mammals adapted to Pennsylvania farmland, giving each species more area to live and reproduce in, which increases their numbers.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Catching Insects in Midair

    Several kinds of creatures catch flying insects in midair during summer and autumn in southeastern Pennsylvania. Those species of winged wildlife are a variety of small birds, bats, and dragonflies.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Summer Saltmarsh Sounds

    Saltmarshes are watery, grassy habitats between barrier island beaches and dunes along seacoasts and the mainland. Saltmarshes along the Atlantic Ocean from New England to Virginia are alive with a variety of creatures in summer, most of which are there to raise young.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Wastewater Wildlife

    For an hour one afternoon toward the end of April of this year, I stopped at one of my favorite wildlife places close to home in New Holland. This spot is dominated by treated wastewater from New Holland businesses that flows constantly into a brook in a cow pasture.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Warblers I’ve Enjoyed

    Several kinds of warblers, which are small, colorful birds that winter in Central and South America, nest in forests and woody thickets in North America, including in southeastern Pennsylvania.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Woodcock Courtship

    I remember the first time I saw a courting male American woodcock silhouetted against a striking sunset one evening early in April several years ago.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Hazelnuts and Alders

    American hazelnuts and speckled alders are wild shrubs native to northeastern North America. Both species have beautiful, intriguing parts early in spring that make them interesting.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Hazelnuts and Alders

    American hazelnuts and speckled alders are wild shrubs native to northeastern North America. Both species have beautiful, intriguing parts early in spring that make them interesting.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Inland Diving Ducks

    Every late autumn, winter, and early spring, I look forward to seeing a variety of migrating and/or wintering ducks, geese, and swans in southeastern Pennsylvania.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Beavers and Porcupines

    Beavers and porcupines have much in common. These interesting species are large rodents that live in Pennsylvania’s forests, as well as in woods across much of North America.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Courtship Timing

    Every November, over the years, I have enjoyed the courting of white-tailed deer and great horned owls among the woods, fields, and thickets of southeastern Pennsylvania.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Chestnut Oaks and Black Birches

    Chestnut oak and black birch trees together dominate dry, rocky slopes and ridge tops in southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as from southern Maine and Ontario to Ohio and Delaware, and along the Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia and Alabama.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Wildlife on Our House

    Sitting on our lawn one evening this summer, I thought about the adaptable wildlife that recently raised young or lived in sheltered places on the outside of our house in a suburban area. These common creatures provided much entertainment and intrigue to us, right at home.

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