Nature Study

Pond-erings

When the girls and I visited the pond at the university nature preserve earlier this week, a man was wading in the water, picking up trash. A woman was helping him, pointing out things from the bridge. He was a teacher there, and he picked up some of the critters in the water and held… Read More Pond-erings

Nature Study

Herons

Cornell has a second nest-cam up, this one of a great blue heron nest that’s viewable from their building. It’s incredible that such a large, gangly bird starts as such a tiny egg! I can’t believe what we’ve been able to observe. We visited Sapsucker Woods a few years ago. I can see another field… Read More Herons

Nature Study

First day of spring

We went for a walk at our favorite wetland preserve to see what we could see on this first day of spring — at least, according to the calendar. I guess it depends on your preferred source of authority. Punxsutawney Phil says spring won’t be here for awhile yet. But me, I tend to believe… Read More First day of spring

Miscellany

Weekend sights

The girls and I took a walk in the snow the other day. Now I have shots of this path, which my youngest calls the tree tunnel, in three of the four seasons. Spring: Fall: Winter: Lovely spot. I also saw more critters over the weekend — this muskrat, who couldn’t figure out what the… Read More Weekend sights

Nature Study, Picture Books

Wetland walk

We went to the beaver pond to investigate the beaver-gnawed tree we’ve been observing and found it felled. At several points they have already removed branches and carried them away, and they’ve begun on another tree to the far left in the photo. They’ve also thickened the mud on the lodge. It’s sight I’d love… Read More Wetland walk

Nature Study

A bit about beavers

We’ve been observing the beaver activity at a nearby wetland lately. Their lodge is not too far out on the pond, surrounded by water. In the summer we would see turtles sunning themselves on the logs, and occasionally a kingfisher perched on top. But these days it’s grayish brown and very quiet. Of the beavers… Read More A bit about beavers