Halloween’s creepiest critter

Spiders are the creepy crawly we love to hate but at Halloween, when we cheerfully let them decorate our homes, here are a few fun facts that will encourage you to love them. […]

Monarch Migration 2011

This post is inspired by a few things.

First there was my observation to my best friend and fellow nature nut that I hadn’t seen any Monarchs so far this year. We hypothesized that the drought and fires were taking their toll on them as they tried to work there way south. Then, about a […]

Autumnal Equinox

Berries by Simon Howden @ FreePhoto.net

Today, at 9:04 in the morning the sun hit autumnal equinox, one of two days where, in a brief moment, the center of the sun crosses the plane of the equator. For those of you south of the equator you are having the vernal equinox and of course, […]

Connecting to nature is not about scale

“What mattered to my father (Edward Kennedy) was not the scale of an accomplishment, but that we did our share to make the world better,” Kara Kennedy.

Kara Kennedy died today. I know this because of an NPR headline that I saw my iGoogle page. Were it not for that fact I would […]

Staying connected to nature when the weather is awful

Copyright Porbital from FreePhoto.com

This has been a tough year for weather. Here in Texas we are experiencing the worst drought in the state’s history. In the coastal bend of Texas the temperatures have routinely been in the high 90’s and in other places of the state the temperatures have topped […]

Garden for Wildlife

House Sparrow by Arvind Balaraman from FreePhoto.com

The most common bird at my feeders is the English House Sparrow. As I sit here typing this post one has come down to one of my feeders for a peanut. I have mixed feelings about non-natives like the English House Sparrow. They are […]

Earth Hour Mar 26, 2011

Next Saturday, Mar 26 is the 2011 day to celebrate Earth Hour and, at 8:30 pm your time, turn out all your lights and non-essential electric appliances and celebrate the transition from day to night. Click the link above and get lots of ideas and information.

As you know from past posts, […]

Celebrate wildlife that hop and leap

Today the National Wildlife Federation is celebrating wildlife that hop and leap. Sad to say that they don’t have a bird on the list and I think that they are a little remiss in this. There are lots of birds that are noted for hopping behavior. The most common North American bird that comes to […]

Decorating for the holidays, birdy style

Jay in Snow FreePhoto.com Image by Dr. Joseph Valks

It is the holiday season. A time for decorations and festive foods. In most parts of the the northern hemisphere it is also a time for the food supplies to be buried if you are a bird or an animal. While you […]

Citizen science in TX: Watching the Monarchs Migrate and other projects

Tuesday of this past week marked the official arrival of fall with the autumnal equinox. It was united with the harvest moon, the first full moon of fall. They seldom fall together so this was a rare treat. I hope you had clear skies to enjoy the event.

Another regular occurrence that happens in the […]