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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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What Kind of Cherry Trees Should I Plant?

Catalog Dreaming While subzero cold enveloped Winding Pathways we discovered delightful seed and nursery catalogs in our mailbox. Leafing through their photos of rosy ripe tomatoes, peaches, and sweet corn made us dream of warm days as the frigid wind whistled around...

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Urban Coyotes

At 2 a.m. one frigid February night we were startled awake by coyotes yipping and yapping right behind our house at Winding Pathways. The next morning, we discovered their tracks all around our snowy yard. It explains why we haven’t seen many cottontail rabbits in...

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Walking the Labyrinth in the Snow

The subtleties of walking a labyrinth in fresh snow or in the dark have not been lost on me.  Muscle memory, night vision, and simple observation help navigate the terrain when obvious landmarks are obscure. Before the snow fell, when I walk the labyrinth in the dark,...

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Deer Entertainment in Our Backyard

Guest Blogger Nancy Garberson shares these observations and photos with Winding Pathways. This time of year, we call it “wild kingdom” in our backyard because we see deer every day. All kinds of birds and tracks in the snow from the nocturnal creatures dot the snow as...

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Owls and “Mouseterious” Happenings

Guest Blogger, Sue Fehsinger of New Hampshire Mice got into the hybrid system of my Prius and destroyed it. They also got into our greenhouse and ate some important seeds my husband  Bob was growing. These critters are a common problem, but we have always used live...

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Polar Vortex Labyrinth Lessons

My daily labyrinth walk on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in the middle of the Polar Vortex coughed up several lessons. In spite of the bitterly cold morning, the snowshoes strap that slipped off and glasses that fogged up, it was a great walk!  Nothing I want to...

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