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Empty nest syndrome

August 31, 2016 - I was beginning to feel that the second young Osprey raised in the Henne marsh was never going to leave its nest and giv...
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Running on empty

August 30, 2016 - The last day of the month brought me back to the millpond dam after too long an absence. I had a notion that the stream...
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Transgressing

August 29, 2016 - Confession time: I have sinned... I have been warned about bad behavior... I have done it anyway. Case in point—with the...
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Aster arrival

August 28, 2016 - There are lots of sure-fire signs that summer is beginning to give way to autumn, and one of the surest is the appearanc...
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Cecropian

August 26, 2016 - For the record, I didn't spot this almost four-inch-long caterpillar during the Miner preserve walk I led this afternoon...
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Hard travelin'

August 26, 2016 - On a viciously hot and humid day, interspersed with rain showers that brought little of the former and almost no relief,...
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The guardian

August 25, 2016 - Today was travel day to return Stasia home to New Hampshire so there was no time for photography—a very rare occurrence.
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Happy mermaid

August 24, 2016 - This was to be the last full day of my granddaughter Stasia's visit, so, on a beautiful, warm-but-not-lethal day, we wen...
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Steamy morning

August 23, 2016 - The "girls"—my wife and my granddaughter—were sound asleep on a wonderfully chilly and dry morning, and though the tempe...
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Now batting

August 22, 2016 - On tonight's agenda: bat-watching! In the past, this has been one of Stasia's favorite pastimes, but for reasons that pr...
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Give a girl a feather

August 21, 2016 - Another hot and humid day, another trip to Amos Lake for a swim. But in between splashing in the surprisingly still-refr...
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Masterful mimic

August 20, 2016 - On a still-hot but overcast morning, I drove up to the Preston Nature Preserve to help lead an Avalonia public walk thro...
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Shadow dancer

August 19, 2016 - With my granddaughter Stasia enjoying a sleepover with "auntie," I had an unexpected few hours of relatively free time....
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Well-worn traveler

August 18, 2016 - To get ready to lead a public walk on the 27th to the Thomas Miner refuge, a place I got to know intimately a couple of...
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Well-armed pest

August 17, 2016 - Some discoveries do not fill me with something approaching joy, but when I discovered this rather rotund beetle defoliat...
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Range expansion

August 16, 2016 - There are at least a half-dozen different species of Hairstreak butterflies in our area but when I spot one of these dim...
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The stump stabber

August 15, 2016 - Some days, I don't see much out of the ordinary and while there's always something en route that's of potential interest...
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Great mimic

August 14, 2016 - The second flowering of the Sweet William blossoms is in full swing—how's that for alliteration?—and when I'm walking ar...
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Wild "grapes"

August 13, 2016 - On one of the hottest days in recent years, I threw all elderly caution to the wind that wasn't blowing and went for a t...
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Sexual gymnastics

August 12, 2016 - Using the proverbial "birds and the bees" to introduce the world of sex to your kids has its perils. There's the fact th...
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A mandatory treat

August 11, 2016 - There are many hazards I know in advance that I'm going to have to navigate when I take my grandkids for a swim at Amos...
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Gold on the move

August 10, 2016 - With the heat wave showing absolutely no sign of departing in the foreseeable future—as in, in my darkest moments, ever...
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Ant farm

August 09, 2016 - A few evenings ago, when I was on nighttime natural history patrol, I noticed a gathering of ants along a branch of a Wh...
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Rhythmic gymnastics

August 08, 2016 - I've never been quite sure how I felt about an Olympic event known as rhythmic gymnastics. On one hand, it's quite beaut...
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Beam me down

August 07, 2016 - The Rio Olympics are now in full swing, and with my granddaughter Stasia back in residence, we're trying to stage our ow...
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Unknowingly deceased

August 06, 2016 - This has been a fine year for Common Whitetail dragonflies, and I've seen so many of the handsome and striking odes that...
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Give an Osprey a fish...

August 05, 2016 - I was on Osprey fledging patrol at the Henne refuge this afternoon, and, yet again, I noticed one of the young birds in...
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Being prepared for batrachians

August 04, 2016 - In addition to walking during the daylight hours, I've also begun a series of nightly treks. They're not very long—usual...
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Luck and cicadas

August 03, 2016 - The cicadas have been making their electricity-through-wet-wires whine for at least a week now, and the strange sound is...
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A visit from a goddess

August 02, 2016 - In the pantheon of Greek dieties—if I have this right—the Titans Oceanus and Tethys, brother and sister, respectively, m...
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Hail to the king

August 01, 2016 - I was leading a small natural history walk this evening at the Henne preserve, and while much of the trek was devoted to...
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