The Beauty in Nature: Peeping Peepers

I visit the shallows of certain ponds and wetlands in, and bordering, woods in southeastern Pennsylvania a couple evenings every April.

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The Beauty in Nature: Waterfowl in Flight

Winter and early spring are the times of waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans) in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Melinda’s Garden: Managing Gnats on Houseplants

They flit across your face, hover near your houseplants, or gather by the window. Fortunately, these fungus gnat insects are more annoying to us than harmful to our plants.

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Melinda’s Garden: Grow Herbs Indoors for Year-Round Enjoyment

Add garden-fresh flavor to your meals year-round. Grow a few of your favorite herbs indoors, harvest, and enjoy.

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The Beauty in Nature: Wintering Harriers and Short-Ears

In winter, over several years, I’ve seen wintering northern harriers, which are a kind of hawk, and short-eared owls hunting mice and small birds in marshes and tall-grass fields in southeastern Pennsylvania, including at Middle Creek Wildlife Area and Gettysburg National Park.

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The Beauty in Nature: Winter Colors

Winter seems drab to many people in southeastern Pennsylvania. Gray skies and deciduous trees, brown fields, and cold, ice, and snow dampen human spirits. But bright colors in nature beautify winter landscapes and lift people’s emotions.

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Melinda’s Garden: Keep Gardening after the First Fall Frost

There is nothing worse than frost in the forecast and a garden full of vegetables not quite ready for picking. Use some simple strategies to extend the growing season and keep enjoying garden-fresh vegetables.

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The Beauty in Nature: Native American Farming

Beside hunting, fishing, and gathering, Native Americans living in eastern forests had a unique, interesting, and ingenious way of growing crops in small fields in those shaded woods. Their only tools, before the coming of European settlers, were stone axes and sharp-pointed sticks.

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The Beauty in Nature: Eggs on Their Feet

The 4-foot-tall, 88-pound emperor penguins are the only birds on Earth that raise young on sea ice around the Antarctic Continent during the southern hemisphere’s winter, which is our summer.

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