Spider Hunters

One of my missions in mentoring is convincing people that spiders are super cool.

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Dawn Chorus Wake up Call

Carnegie Musems' new App sets you up to rise and shine on time with their Dawn Chorus App.  

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The Tree That Bears Fruit

I want to bear fruit.

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The Trap of Self Improvement

"...Here’s how the trap works: Setting a goal of a better self calls forth wanting. Wanting calls forth striving. Striving calls forth judging. And judging becomes a way of life that brings a critical orientation to everything:..."

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Nest Watch

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is looking for more citizen scientists.

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Storm Chaser Mike Olbinski

On the heels of the mighty storms (thankfully not a tornadoes) that came and went last week bringing 3 inches of rain

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The night sky for April

I was sitting by the fire last night enjoying the last of the winter nights we will have here.  I was gazing up into the sky, not really thinking about much of anything and there was a bright star I don't normally see - or least not one I think I normally see.

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What does your food look like?

Part of the process of growing things is getting to know our food.  Understanding how it grows, what it looks like in the many stages of its growth from seed to table.

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The Future of Architecture

Richard Louv is the author who coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder

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Migration Mysteries

When I was in school I learned in the winter birds fly south.  In the summer birds fly north.  This isn't exactly the case - in fact, it is really not the case at all.

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Ladybugs

I think now it is relatively common knowledge that ladybugs are an important insect species or beneficial insects for the garden because they eat pest insect species.

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How to photograph birds

When I finally switched over to a smart phone - and to say I was reluctant was an understatement - the selling point was the camera.  iPhones and other smart phones boast these incredible cameras that do almost as much (with the right know how) as my fancy point and shoot.  I take a lot of pictures.  And I mean a lot of pictures.  Over the years, with practice I get better at taking pictures.  Birds are by far one of the hardest images to capture well - at least for me they are.  That does not, however, stop me from at least trying to capture them in their personalities when I have the opportunity.  I am by no means professional - I consider myself a novice, but I am always looking to improve..

Auduban is here to help with this article:

How to Photograph Birds With Your Smartphone

I downloaded the PhotoExpress app which I like a lot after reading this.  I was already using Leafsnap (which is super simple) and now, I will play with the bells and whistles in the PhotoExpress to see what I can accomplish in my photos.  I'm not likely just yet to purchase the telescoping lens.  If I do that I will just invest in the DSLR and bring my photos to the next level.. For now, I'm going to stick with my fancy point and shoot and my phone.

Enjoy!

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Native Plant Search Engine

Audobon has put together a native plants search engine specific to the birds they attract

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The Northern Flicker

Flickers are one of my favorite birds - let's just be honest here - they are all 'one of my favorites'..  

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Desiderata

A Poem by Max Ehrmann

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Dandelion

I seldom pass a dandelion seed head without picking it, blowing on it, and making a wish.  I feel it is simply my duty to do so.  

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Community Conservation and Science

"If you don’t know the place, the environment, then you don’t have love for it, and if you don’t love, you won’t protect,”

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Is it A Downy or a Hairy??

When I first began birding figuring out whether the woodpecker common to my feeder was a downy or a hairy was one of the most frustrating identifications I had to work through.

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Foraging Responsibly

As an Nature Mentor, Gardener, and Novice Forager one of the things I think a lot about it how I forage and the impact my foraging does in the environment I'm taking it from.

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Why Male House Finches Can Be Different Colors

House Finches are common at my feeders - especially this time of year.

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