River Talk
Frogs and toads: what to know

Do you know how to tell a frog from a toad? Many of us mistake one for the other. While both are amphibians, once you have the details on how to distinguish these compelling critters, as well as …

Monarchs in August

This summer, there have been some monarch butterflies, but not as many as in years past. Often, they can be spotted on various flowers, feeding on nectar. Gardens with brightly colored flowers draw …

Gypsies and giants

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” That quote, attributed to the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi, came to mind when I learned that my editor at the River Reporter, Veronica Daub, …

Sneaky snakes

When we think of reptiles and amphibians, usually the first critters that come to mind are frogs and toads. Most of us have probably seen (and heard) more frogs and toads than any other reptile or …

Tick time

It’s time to talk about ticks. For starters, May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and the vexatious miniature vampires that are vectors of Lyme disease are out in full force. Over …