Recent Discussions

  • Nuthatches: The Upside Down Birds

    May 28th 2018
    I just saw what looks like a brown headed nuthatch at our feeder, except he had a white stripe all the way from back of his head to his bill.  Looked like a skunk head! … Read More »

  • Appreciating Woodchucks

    May 28th 2018
    Great article- here we have giant moles that love to dig around.  I’ve always let them take their share of the yard knowing they are aerating my yard for free! Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    May 27th 2018
    I have MD in the gutters of the garage.  Have seen most of what your are describing in the preceding posts.  No cooing while nesting for these. Love them.  Hope they return or raise more… Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    May 27th 2018
    I always loved the cooing if doves…For the last month we have been keeping watch over a pair that built a nest on our porch light. They were there so long I thought the eggs… Read More »

  • A Place for Wolf Trees

    May 26th 2018
    These are the most beautiful of trees. People don’t like the falling branches & cut a tree down just to make less mess. They say they are dangerous but having lived in forest for 30… Read More »

  • Stone Walls

    May 25th 2018
    I can remember my father telling stories of rock layers who would come to his father’s farm (Delaware county, NY) in the summer to build stone walks. He said they were travelers who came north… Read More »

  • Two Species or One?

    May 25th 2018
    I agree with Dave that the dark ones seem to appear later than the yellow ones.  I’ve never noticed that when they do appear they look any less mature than the yellows. I’m wondering if… Read More »

  • Two Species or One?

    May 25th 2018
    Dave, Thanks for the morels. They were better than bacon with my breakfast! Tried to attach the pic but failed. Technically challenged? Your summer “Northern Woodlands” magazine is a beautiful piece of work! Thanks to… Read More »

  • How Do Trees Know When to Leaf Out in the Spring?

    May 23rd 2018
    We have a Shantung maple that we’ve had for many years. Precipitation was down over the winter here. It is now spring going into summer and our tree has leaves on the outer part of… Read More »

  • Make Room for Daddy, Who Will Cause No Harm

    May 22nd 2018
    I appreciate the article and the comments as well. These creatures turn up in my bathroom, and now I wondered whether to release her outside or what. Searching the web, most articles assume we only… Read More »

  • When a Tree Falls in a Forest

    May 22nd 2018
    Looking at the chart at the bottom of the article, what does the column time mean? Read More »

  • Crow Communication is Cawfully Complicated

    May 20th 2018
    I am fascinated by the corvids. I have been feeding both American Crows and Fish Crows in my suburban back yard for a few years now.I love feeding all birds in general but the crows… Read More »

  • 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 »