Monthly Archives: August 2016

Signs of Summer 13: A Fox in Our Field!

A few weeks ago Deborah and I stepped out on the deck around 8 pm to give Izzy a chance to “do her business” (such a sweet way to phrase it!). The sun had dropped below the tops of the … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 12: This Year’s Deer

White-tailed deer are both a charismatic species of our eastern forests and a major problem. The sight of a deer emerging from a stand of trees or brush is breathtakingly beautiful, but the damage they do to tree seedlings and … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 11: Trees, Mastodons and Giant Ground Sloths

I was trimming low branches under my Norway spruce a few days ago, making room for some leftover stones from my driveway wall re-construction, when I found a white oak seedling growing along with some struggling Virginia creeper and poison … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 10: Eastern Towhee

Eastern towhees (Pipilo erythrophthalmus ) are one of Deborah’s and my favorite birds of summer. We met our first towhee in 1984 out on the old farm we rented in northern Allegheny County. A pair of them set up their … Continue reading

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