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Signs of Summer 9: More on Coffee

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Coffee is, to me, one of the glorious aspects of life and living. The small trees and bushy shrubs of the genus Coffea yield “cherries” (red to purple, pulpy … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 8: Among Hemlock Trees

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog) I am standing in the middle of an old growth hemlock stand that is tucked away off a hiking trail in Laurel Hill State Park. This four acre plot … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 7: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

(Click here to listen to a audio version of this blog!) Some personal history: Deborah and I have recycled our household materials for as long as I can remember. Decades ago, this was a very difficult process. We had to … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 6: Gypsy Moths and Tent Caterpillars

(Click here for an audio version of this blog.) Riding my bike down on Roaring Run back in June, I had to keep my eyes on the path immediately beneath my tires rather than on the much more interesting woods … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 5: Gray Tree Frogs

(Click here for a audio version of this blog) As April transitioned into May it had finally gotten warm enough in the evening for Deborah and I to sit out on our deck. Late spring is a great time of … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 4: Interactions of Periodical Cicadas and Birds

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Science starts, as I have written before, with observation. You then have to filter through the sometimes bewildering array of events that you are observing and try to focus … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 3: Cavity Nesting Team (Year 5)!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Over the past five years I have written a number of articles and posts about our Cavity Nesting Team study up at Harrison Hills Park in northern Allegheny County. … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 2: Three “First Birds”

(Click here to access an audio version of this blog!) I tried to keep a close eye on the arrival of the spring migrating birds this year. I thank all of the people who sent me emails about their “first … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer 1: Fireflies!

(Click here to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Several weeks ago Patrick over in Fawn Township noticed the first fireflies (also called “lightning bugs”) drifting about in his yard. Shortly after that, while taking our dog Izzy … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring 14: Yosemite (California, Part 3)

(Click here if you would like to listen to an audio version of this blog!) Yosemite Valley is located on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. It is a tight walled, U-shaped space that contains some … Continue reading

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