Receding Ice, Returning Friends

It’s been a long winter here in the Parry Sound area, but Spring’s warmth is encouraging the ice to recede and soon disappear. The return of the geese and other migratory birds is so wonderful to see. All too soon, summer will be over and birds will once again be readying themselves for the migration…

Hard beginnings — Scottish pollinators

By Athayde Tonhasca If you have been out for a walk, you may have seen the odd bumble bee flying about. These are recently emerged queens, who will soon build nests in which to lay their eggs and kick start a new colony. You may also have noticed that the world does not seem quite […]…

An Excerpt: The Peony — spanishwoods

photo by Sylvia It was named after Paeon, a physician to the gods, who obtained the plant on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo. Once planted the Peony likes to be left alone and punishes those who try to move it by not flowering again for several years. Once established, however, it produces spendid […]…

Flap Your Wings Like You Mean It. — Through Open Lens

F/13.0, 1/500, ISO 400. Bufflehead Duck ( Male ) What do you call a belt with a clock on it? A waist of time. Interesting Fact: To dive, Bufflehead compress their plumage to squeeze out air, then give a slight forward leap and plunge powerfully downward. They hold their wings tightly against their bodies underwater […]…

Celebrating our wetlands — @AudubonRockies via The Pagosa Springs Sun — Coyote Gulch

Pagosa Springs River Walk Wetlands. Photo credit: PagosaWetland Partners Here’s a From The Pagosa Daily Post (Keith Bruno): Swamps, wet meadows, floodplains, bottomlands, bogs, freshwater and saltwater marshes, places where the water stands still and the soil becomes inundated to the point of saturation — these are wetlands. Tuesday, Feb. 2, marked the annual celebration… Celebrating…