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Signs of Spring 2: Daylight Savings Time

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Last weekend we changed over to Daylight Savings Time (DST). The “spring ahead” change in our clocks does nothing to alter the total amount of daylight we get in … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring 1: Monarchs!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) As I reported last summer (Signs of Summer 8, July 25, 2018) monarch butterfly numbers and their reproductive efforts here in Western Pennsylvania looked good.  The fields at Harrison … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 14: More on White-tailed Deer!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) White-tailed deer form large herds in the winter. These herds are made up of several family units that had been relatively independent of each other throughout the spring, summer … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 13: Where the Wild Things Are Not!

(Click here if you would like to listen to an audio version of this blog!) The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (the “WWF”) released a report this fall (October 2018) that analyzed the 2014 populations of 17,000 vertebrate animal species … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 11: The Great Backyard Bird Count!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Starting tomorrow (February 15th) and running until Monday (February 18) the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Birds Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society are sponsoring their annual “citizen’s science” … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 10: Winter Hummingbirds!

(Click here to listen to a audio version of this blog!) Here in Western Pennsylvania, no matter how much we might want them, there are no hummingbirds in our yards and gardens during our winter months. Our hummingbirds left back … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 9: Seventh Annual House Cat Day!

(Click here if you would like to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Six years ago I wrote about Groundhog Day and suggested that we change this early February day-of-prediction to focus not on an animal that is … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 8: Beavers of Roaring Run!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) The Roaring Run Trail runs along the northern bank of the Kiskiminetas River just outside of the town of Apollo. A few weeks ago, Carl Meyerhuber and I were … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 7: A Snow Hike at Laurel Hill

(Click here for an audio version of this blog!) The winter is a time when many of us don’t even think about going outside to walk or hike. Much of this behavior is habit, I think. It is more than … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 6: Chocolate

(Please click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Winter is a great time to talk about chocolate. There is nothing like a cup of cocoa or a heavily-chocolated mocha coffee to help ease away the cold … Continue reading

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