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Outdoor

Audubon’s First Friday features Ralph B. Simpson, birdwatcher and collector

Ralph B. Simpson of Warren will be the focus of the Audubon Community Nature Center’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch. The Audubon Community Nature Center houses a collection of over 150 birds created during a time when bird collections, rather than field guides, were an important resource ...

Animals and us

Audubon educators are in schools several days a week teaching nature-based lessons at this time of year, working hard to tie the lessons to topics or skills students are learning in their classrooms. To do this, I was reviewing a new curriculum from a school we serve. In their English Language ...

Spectacular senses of fall

We are bombarded with external stimuli every second of the day. Our senses constantly work to tell us what’s around, what to avoid, and what to seek out. I’m not a neuroscientist, but I imagine the number of sensory inputs we receive at any given time is huge. One of the classroom programs ...

Naming the rain: mizzle, drizzle, drencher & more

The American culture, for better or worse, in whatever form, is young. As I write articles, I am often left searching for a word that doesn't exist in our lexicon. Usually it is a complex thing or feeling that requires it, and occasionally I stumble across them. Perhaps you have, as well. One ...

Boom or bust

When I pull into the parking lot of a state forest to walk the dog, I’m reminded of Christmas. The abundant red and green color scheme of the hawthorn trees evokes the holiday season. The hawthorn trees were just loaded with ripe red fruit. It seemed like there were more of these grape-sized, ...