Category Archives: Nature and Envionment

Creep

My brother, Peter, lives in a bucolic farming community outside Washington, DC, where the unpaved roads are best driven in pickup trucks, and red fox are commonplace. When the bird feeders aren’t locked up at day’s end, a bear is likely to … Continue reading

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Thirst

What do you drink when you’re thirsty? There are a lot of choices. Too many actually. It’s overwhelming looking at this display. They are lined up like movie stars, all screaming for attention while looking so cool. What’s going on here? This … Continue reading

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Meadow

In the quiet of a late winter morning, a battalion of height-fearless commandoes, equipped with chainsaws, brush cutters, and chippers, descended upon our neighborhood.  They had been directed by  Tennessee Gas to eradicate any plant growing within 35 feet of their pipeline, a … Continue reading

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For the Love of the Wild

Doug Tallamy, the author of  The Living Landscape, spoke recently at our local Audubon Center. Doug is the Professor and Chair of the Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Department at the University of Delaware, and a wonderful speaker and teacher. His compelling books have … Continue reading

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Tree Armegedon

In the last couple of decades, our stately ash trees have been assaulted by a blight called Ash Yellows. Sharing the forest with healthy maples and oaks, many ash stand leafless and bereft, the species weakened by the blight, with … Continue reading

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Chestnut Trees

You don’t hear a lot about chestnut trees anymore. The word makes you think of antiques and old barns. Disease has sadly decimated our chestnut trees over the last hundred years. Inspired by our local horticulture group, I decided this … Continue reading

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Disposable Plastics

Recently, while vacationing on the island of Anguilla in the West Indies, we wandered along a beach strewn with plastic garbage… … garbage that had come in with the tide. It looked like a bottle graveyard; disturbing. The ocean breeze, … Continue reading

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Recycling: Part Two

I was perplexed when our town instituted single stream recycling. It felt we had finally figured how to separate our recyclables, and had incorporated the chore into our routine. The reward was handing over a tiny bag of actual landfill … Continue reading

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