• 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.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Birds Benefitting from Mowing

    A few kinds of summering birds that I have watched getting food in southeastern Pennsylvania benefit from lawn mowing in suburban areas and hay cutting in croplands.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Birds Benefitting from Mowing

    A few kinds of summering birds that I have watched getting food in southeastern Pennsylvania benefit from lawn mowing in suburban areas and hay cutting in croplands.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Enchanted Summer Evenings

    Sunny summer evenings in southeastern Pennsylvania are enchanting and become more so as summer progresses.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Nesting Pasture Birds

    Southeastern Pennsylvania meadows, dotted with deciduous trees both young and mature, are beautiful farmland habitats.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Nesting Pasture Birds

    Southeastern Pennsylvania meadows, dotted with deciduous trees both young and mature, are beautiful farmland habitats.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Coniferous Beauties in May

    May is a time of flowers, singing birds, long evenings, and other beauties of spring in southeastern Pennsylvania. And it’s the time of tender, new growth on coniferous trees, birds nesting in many conifers, and other attractive, interesting aspects of those local evergreen trees.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Coniferous Beauties in May

    May is a time of flowers, singing birds, long evenings, and other beauties of spring in southeastern Pennsylvania. And it’s the time of tender, new growth on coniferous trees, birds nesting in many conifers, and other attractive, interesting aspects of those local evergreen trees.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Easily Seen Predators

    American kestrels, red-tailed hawks, belted kingfishers, and great blue herons are common, easily spotted predatory birds here in southeastern Pennsylvania, as elsewhere.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Easily Seen Predators

    American kestrels, red-tailed hawks, belted kingfishers, and great blue herons are common, easily spotted predatory birds here in southeastern Pennsylvania, as elsewhere.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Wintering Feathered Commuters

    Several kinds of adaptable, wintering birds — including horned larks, Canada geese, mallard ducks, rock pigeons, mourning doves, American crows, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and screech owls — feed in fields harvested to the ground in southeastern Pennsylvania, but they rest and digest their food elsewhere.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Wildlife Food on Rural Roads

    Risking death, several kinds of common wildlife in southeastern Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, are adaptable enough to get food off country roads through the year. Some of the more common foods on rural roads include earthworms, dead animals, spilled grain, and road apples.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Hawks in Winter Fields

    Wintering flocks of horned larks, house sparrows, starlings, rock pigeons, mourning doves, and other species of birds are adapted to eating grass, weed seeds, and bits of corn in extensive fields in southeastern Pennsylvania during winter.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Sweet Gums and Bradford Pears

    Sweet gum and Bradford pear trees are planted on lawns and along streets in southeastern Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, for their attractive shapes, summer shade, colored leaves, and multitudes of white flowers on the pear trees in April.

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