The Nature Wanderer

Author: naturewanderer

  • Stay Warm My Friend

    Stay Warm My Friend

    As the cold temperatures grip my region of the country, I yearn for any signs of spring. I’m excited when I smell a skunk, feel the sunshine on my face or notice the hawks locating their mate and pairing up. But for now I have to tolerate the cold a…

  • Love the Pretty Ones

    Love the Pretty Ones

    A few months ago we had the opportunity to educate and meet hundreds of people at the Arcade Trade Fair. This event is always a great chance to make new contacts and talk to people in our own neighborhood about the wonders of nature. This year at the trade fair…

  • Animalia

    Animalia

    I recently spent the day at a local school teaching the students about the fascinating world of owls. As I explained to a first grade class how owls eyes are different than most animals, including ours, a small voice in the front row blurted out the “we are not animals!”…

  • Connections

    Connections

    A small bird lying in the middle of the road, barely breathing. Stressed from the near fatal collision with a passing obstacle unknown in it natural world. Was I meant to find it? Was it meant to stay oblivious to the passing world with its contrasting orange and black from…

  • Getting Dirty

    Getting Dirty

    As I walked through the woods this morning with a group of fellow naturalists, I listened to the group name any plant or animal species we came across. My mind would occasionally wander back to the other day as I scanned through photographs, looking for the perfect cover shot for…

  • In Search of the Cobs

    In Search of the Cobs

    As I sat in my office trying to figure out what enlightening topic to write about for the upcoming newsletter, I stared into space in a belief that this practice will allow the brain cells to shift to just such a position that a brilliant idea will suddenly be produced.…

  • Listening to the Birds

    Listening to the Birds

    We just wrapped up another spring of bird banding here at Beaver Meadow.  Although we were delighted with some of the species we captured and released, we were once again disappointed at the decline in the numbers of birds.  Our capture numbers seem to be diminishing each year during our…

  • Summer Outdoors

    As the school year draws to an end, I find myself closing my presentations with a plea to the students to not waste their summers in front of the television and video games and instead to get outdoors and explore nature every chance they get. I am a bit dismayed…