Recent Discussions

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    May 18th 2018
    We live on a farm and had morning doves around for years. They seemed to have disappeared. We haven’t had any for 2 going on 3 years. We really miss their gentle cooing. Any thoughts… Read More »

  • Raccoons: It's All In The Hands

    May 17th 2018
    This morning a juvenile raccoon visited my patio and checked out my Main Coon cat. They were close to being the same size and Max the cat wanted in now!  Once in he growled and… Read More »

  • How Do Toads Avoid Croaking in Winter?

    May 17th 2018
    Nicely written. Read More »

  • Emerald Ash Borers

    May 17th 2018
    Out here along the Front range in Colorado EAB has become a huge problem - all because a firewood company thought it would be a good idea to bring a grapple load of ash from… Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    May 16th 2018
    This is my first time having mating doves, watching them build their nest, and now sitting on their 2 eggs. At first we were sad when moma bird left the first egg, but after reading… Read More »

  • Emerald Ash Borers

    May 16th 2018
    There are soil-injected and tree-trunk injected products. Rather than getting into the specifics of chemicals here I think it best to refer you to some expert literature such as this piece by extension professors from… Read More »

  • Emerald Ash Borers

    May 15th 2018
    In the article, it is stated that: “EAB can be checked by injecting insecticides into the soil every other year.” What type of insecticide is used? We have several beautiful old ash on our property… Read More »

  • A Plague of Ticks: Scientists Search for Solutions

    May 15th 2018
    Thanks for this article, Susan Shea, and for the ensuing discussion. I’m looking forward to reading updates on The Tick Project! Read More »

  • Roots

    May 14th 2018
    I love a man who can use the word “debouche.”  :) Read More »

  • Roots

    May 14th 2018
    There is also some intangible “genetic memory” that compels us to seek certain places that speak to us - intangible qualities to the landscape which are hard to define. Places that seem somehow familiar even… Read More »

  • Use It or Lose It

    May 14th 2018
    Glad you found a purpose for box elder…Some years ago, I spent part of a summer working for the state cutting them off of flood levees along the Susquehanna. I never knew the heartwood could… Read More »

  • Roots

    May 13th 2018
    The reference to the pile of stones brings to mind a talk I heard last spring on the subject of ceremonial stone structures. A wikipedia reference talks about the subject here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceremonial_stone_landscape Read More »

  • Mute Swans

    May 12th 2018
    Connecticut has been addling mute swan eggs for a number of years now.  I live on the Mystic River and the swan population has decreased from nearly a hundred birds to one or two pair… Read More »

  • The Disappearing Wood Thrush

    April 29th 2018
    For the past 16 years, I have eagerly looked forward to the return of the wood thrush to my suburban DC yard. He filled my days with his haunting and magical song. He has not… Read More »

  • Red versus Sugar

    April 27th 2018
    Just ordered some Night Velvet Shiitake spawn to make use of Red Maple.  This was because of a lecture on changing NE forests.  Really for diversity. Would never cut my sugar maples. Also want to… Read More »

  • Use It or Lose It

    April 27th 2018
    how cool is that Read More »

  • The Odor Side of Otters

    April 26th 2018
    Hi Susan, I came across this video showing a group of otters rolling in the dirt under a tree. It was taken in Singapore. How would you explain their group behaviour? https://www.facebook.com/iJeffTan/videos/10156243303738607/ Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2018 - Part 5

    April 25th 2018
    I tried the check valve spouts a few years ago and didn’t find them to be noticeably effective.  I have no reason not to trust in the official research on them, but I also haven’t… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2018 - Part 5

    April 19th 2018
    Dave— We’ve been using a mixture of 3/16 and 5/16 in recent years and decided to convert everything to 3/16th this year with new drops all around. I made a little gauge setup that I… Read More »

  • Night Vision: How Animals See in the Dark

    April 18th 2018
    Thank you for packing so much detail into this explanation. Gave me just what I needed to know! Read More »