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In my travels during the spring, I usually notice the distinct trilling of American toads from early May until early June. I hear the calls from lakes and ponds, but also along rivers; it seems … more
When I arrived in Missoula, MT, with my friend Joe after a long cross-country bus ride, the first river I saw was the Clark Fork. At the time, we were enrolled as students at the University of … more
“When the red, red robin comes bob, bob bobbin’ along, along—there’ll be no more sobbing when he starts throbbing his own sweet song,” declared Harry Woods when he wrote … more
I’ve been joking with family and friends that this column has become more of a ‘this week on the farm’ update, as opposed to the well rounded, all-inclusive country-living column … more
With the arrival of the first spring flowers come the first sightings of nature’s pollinators. Bees, butterflies, moths and many other animals can be seen gathering nectar from spring flowers, … more
When Jamie called and invited me to meet him on the river, at first I declined—there were several projects that needed attention. But during our conversation, especially when he explained … more
Approximately 20 years ago, I penned a River Talk column titled “The Planning Palette.” It opened this way: “An artist approaches a canvas and is faced with many choices. The colors … more
Tomatoes: check. Peppers: check. Onions: forgot to order—moving on. Basil, radishes, lettuce: check, check, check. Cole crops: started. Greenhouse: steamy. Garlic: growing strong. Now when can … more
We have been getting some mild and even warm days this spring, and we are seeing more animals and more green leaves on the ground and the trees. We’ve heard spring peepers earlier in the vernal … more
Without going into a lot of detail, suffice it to say that striped bass, like other species of coastal, pelagic fishes,* suffered periodic, yet significant population declines. The first decline … more
Spring has suddenly swept its transformative blush of blossom and birdsong through the Upper Delaware River region. Amphibians call from wetlands, vernal pools, ponds and lakes, waking our ears to … more
What day is it? If it weren’t for the sprinkling-in of a 9-to-5 job and Sunday morning church to punctuate the sentence, I might not know where the time stood. Standing out by my … more
You might have gone out into the woods on a spring birding trip, or maybe to listen for spring peepers or wood frogs. As far as insects you could have observed, you might have run across a hatch … more
When we were young men, still in high school, I recall that opening day for us actually began in February. By that time, catalogs from Herters, Sears and Read Tackle had arrived, whetting our … more
On a scale of one to 10, from “largely oblivious” to “always attentive,” where would you place your level of awareness? Are you stumbling half-asleep through your days, or are … more
Not all jobs come after a lot of planning; sometimes they all but happen to you. Some jobs seem nearly impossible, until you blink and find yourself halfway done—and then you fight to get to … more
Spring is here, and so are the signs of spring. If you go out in the mornings, it might be a bit noisier with increased bird calls and drumming from woodpeckers. More robins are apparent on lawns and … more
I met Frank Mele one late April day along the East Branch of the Delaware. He was standing at the guardrail along Route 30, looking at the river as I approached. It was Hendrickson time in the … more
You never know when a natural wonder might wander into your awareness. While I was washing dishes at the kitchen sink, movement outside the window caught my attention. There on the ground was a … more
I might or might not have mentioned in past articles that the house we currently reside in is subject to occasional basement flooding. In the first few months we were here, there was a … more
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