River Talk
Mindful of middens

The season for mittens—and for middens—is upon us. A good way to ward off the winter blues is to dress for the weather and opt outside to see which animals are out and about as they …

The 2024 Great Backyard Bird Count

A significant birding event is coming up next month, and it is one in which anyone can participate, whether you are a beginning birder or a seasoned expert.  The 2024 Great Backyard Bird …

A wander-ful world

The difference between the words—wander and wonder—is one letter. This thought pebble is rolling around in my mind as we embark on a new year and the opportunities it presents—most …

The owl portal

A barred owl entered my life in late August when it was struck by a vehicle near my home. The raptor’s body was mostly intact, but its life force had passed. I retrieved its rain-soaked remains …

Last look at fall frogs

We don’t think about reptiles and amphibians in September and October, because the animals are less visible. You won’t hear frog and toad calls—that only happens at various …