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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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Signs of Winter 5: Two Ferns

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Even on a cold, winter’s day there is still some green to be seen even though it might just barely poking up through the upper crust of the snow … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 4: New Ideas About Jellyfish

(Click here if you would like to listen to an audio version of this blog!) A jellyfish is a very simple animal. It is basically two, single-cell-thick sheets that are folded into each other to make an inside tissue (the … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 3: The Wide Sargasso Sea

(Click here if you would like to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Last week I wrote about two kinds of algae (or two organisms, at least, who are often described using the word “algae”): blue green algae … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 2: Algae, Algae Everywhere

(Click here for an audio version of this blog!) “Algae” is a term of very imprecise meaning. It is used to refer to the microscopic, unicellular protists like the many species of diatoms and  dinoflagellates that make up the producing … Continue reading

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Signs of Winter 1: Some Observations and Some Rules

(Click here if you would like to listen to an audio version of this blog!) December and January are months of wild weather swings. We have a family video of a December 30  from many years ago in which Deborah … Continue reading

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Signs of Fall 13: Oysters!

(Click here for an audio version of this blog!) In October, Deborah and I had the pleasure of sitting with our son, Joe, his partner, Marlee, and our daughter, Marian, at an oyster farm on the shore of Puget Sound … Continue reading

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Signs of Fall 12: More on Plastics

(Click here to listen to a audio version of this blog!) A little over a year ago I wrote a blog about plastics (Signs of Fall 4, 2017). Some key ideas from that post were: Plastics are human manufactured materials, … Continue reading

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Signs of Fall 11: Honey Bees Are The Answer (But, What Was The Question?)_

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Honey bees (Apis mellifera), as we have discussed many times before, are an extremely important pollinator for many of the crop plants that make up our agricultural ecosystems. One … Continue reading

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Signs of Fall 10: PA Pawpaw Patch

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) About three miles down the Roaring Run Trail is a dense copse of slender trees that stretch their long, thin branches and their dark, shiny green leaves out over … Continue reading

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