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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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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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