Monthly Archives: January 2013

Signs of Spring 4: The robins are coming!

More than the groundhog (or the house cat) the return of the American robin to our area is the signature “sign of spring” event Over the past 23 years, February 14 has been the most common “first robin sighting” day… Continue reading

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Signs of Spring 3: Groundhog Day

Almost two years ago (June, 2011) I wrote about the war I had fought with woodchucks over my big field garden. The woodchucks won, and I had to move my tomatoes and beans from the sunny, open field into smaller,… Continue reading

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Signs of Spring2: Honeybees

Last weekend’s warm temperatures (70 degrees in Apollo on Sunday afternoon!) not only woke up the hibernating lady bugs and stinkbugs out on my porch (and in my living room, and in my kitchen, and in my…) but also mobilized… Continue reading

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Signs of Spring #1: An unexpected visitor

This semester, for just the third time in my 30 years teaching at Penn State New Kensington, I have a weekday without classes. My plan is to work at home on these open Thursdays so that I can edit, compile,… Continue reading

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