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Fireflies and Milkweed Walk

Lights twinkled in the yard and labyrinth. The faint perfume of milkweed wafted up in the still, hot, early summer air. Calling. Calling. We had arrived home at dusk after a long journey home from the East. Still in “travel mode” we unpacked the car and put away most...

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Why Do Trees Fall on Calm Days?

Early one May afternoon we arrived home, glanced into the woods past our property, and were astonished to see an enormous red oak on the ground. The tree looked healthy, solid, and unlikely to topple, but it fell on a clear calm day. On its way down the old veteran...

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What Synanthropes Live Near You?

What is a Synanthrope? People are surrounded by synanthropes. It’s a long and obscure word that is descriptive of hundreds of wild plants and animals. A synanthropic species is one that benefits from and lives close to people. Essentially, if people disappeared these...

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What is a Weed?

Weeds Brighten Our Lawn Too many people worry about lawn weeds and spend money to buy and spray toxic chemicals. We take a different view. What many call weeds are actually beneficial and we find fascinating. The often-uninvited plants that diversify our lawn connect...

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What Do Baby Owls Look Like?

A Tale of Baby Owls Guest Blogger, R'becca Groff The first sign of an owl living back on our acreage happened late last summer when I heard a rabbit being taken late one night. A rabbit sounds like a human baby when it’s in trouble, and it is the painful reality of...

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Why Do Stinging Nettle Sting?

A delightful swatch of color flitted by as we sat on our back deck on one of spring’s first warm sunny days.  It was a red admiral butterfly that landed on a post just a few feet from us. It appeared to be enjoying the weather as much as we were.    We’ve since...

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Are You a Weather Spotter?

Guest Blog by Jacki Hull of Bedford, Virginia Written about April 19 and 20 storms "Well, two ugly storms in one week is enough for us for a while. Today has been full of dark clouds, winds, rain. Then as we were sitting on the porch for a quiet read of the daily...

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How Do You Relieve Stress?

Kid Adventure Nature reduces stress. We saw it in action at Winding Pathways on an early April Sunday morning. About 15 kids from the Faith Formation Group of Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist visited. Most were five to ten years...

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What is Spring?

What is that? A Patch of green! This spring the upper Midwest languished in browns, blacks, and slate landscapes underneath piles of grimy snow with grey skies blanketing overhead. Meanwhile, the South was vibrant in green expanses of fields and brilliant bursts of...

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Wren Antics

As lingering snow banks melt we look forward to the arrival of our favorite spring guests.  They arrive in late April, but we put out the welcoming mat a month ahead. For many years a pair of house wrens have nested right outside our dining room window.  We laugh at...

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Do Birds Like Milo?

We recently bought a bag of cheap wild bird seed. It contained mostly milo with some sunflower, cracked corn, and millet mixed in. We should have known better but dumped a scoop of it on top of our platform feeder at Winding Pathways and watched what happened. Birds...

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How Do I Raise Baby Chicks?

In the past few years, thousands of Americans have begun tending small flocks of chickens in their backyards. For most folks, it’s a new hobby, but we’ve been at it far longer. Rich began raising chickens in his suburban backyard when he was eight or nine years old -...

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