• The Beauty in Nature: Catching Insects in Midair

    Several kinds of creatures catch flying insects in midair during summer and autumn in southeastern Pennsylvania. Those species of winged wildlife are a variety of small birds, bats, and dragonflies.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Summer Saltmarsh Sounds

    Saltmarshes are watery, grassy habitats between barrier island beaches and dunes along seacoasts and the mainland. Saltmarshes along the Atlantic Ocean from New England to Virginia are alive with a variety of creatures in summer, most of which are there to raise young.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Wastewater Wildlife

    For an hour one afternoon toward the end of April of this year, I stopped at one of my favorite wildlife places close to home in New Holland. This spot is dominated by treated wastewater from New Holland businesses that flows constantly into a brook in a cow pasture.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Warblers I’ve Enjoyed

    Several kinds of warblers, which are small, colorful birds that winter in Central and South America, nest in forests and woody thickets in North America, including in southeastern Pennsylvania.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Woodcock Courtship

    I remember the first time I saw a courting male American woodcock silhouetted against a striking sunset one evening early in April several years ago.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Hazelnuts and Alders

    American hazelnuts and speckled alders are wild shrubs native to northeastern North America. Both species have beautiful, intriguing parts early in spring that make them interesting.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Hazelnuts and Alders

    American hazelnuts and speckled alders are wild shrubs native to northeastern North America. Both species have beautiful, intriguing parts early in spring that make them interesting.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Inland Diving Ducks

    Every late autumn, winter, and early spring, I look forward to seeing a variety of migrating and/or wintering ducks, geese, and swans in southeastern Pennsylvania.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Beavers and Porcupines

    Beavers and porcupines have much in common. These interesting species are large rodents that live in Pennsylvania’s forests, as well as in woods across much of North America.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Courtship Timing

    Every November, over the years, I have enjoyed the courting of white-tailed deer and great horned owls among the woods, fields, and thickets of southeastern Pennsylvania.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Chestnut Oaks and Black Birches

    Chestnut oak and black birch trees together dominate dry, rocky slopes and ridge tops in southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as from southern Maine and Ontario to Ohio and Delaware, and along the Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia and Alabama.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Wildlife on Our House

    Sitting on our lawn one evening this summer, I thought about the adaptable wildlife that recently raised young or lived in sheltered places on the outside of our house in a suburban area. These common creatures provided much entertainment and intrigue to us, right at home.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Birds Benefitting from Mowing

    A few kinds of summering birds that I have watched getting food in southeastern Pennsylvania benefit from lawn mowing in suburban areas and hay cutting in croplands.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Birds Benefitting from Mowing

    A few kinds of summering birds that I have watched getting food in southeastern Pennsylvania benefit from lawn mowing in suburban areas and hay cutting in croplands.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Enchanted Summer Evenings

    Sunny summer evenings in southeastern Pennsylvania are enchanting and become more so as summer progresses.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Nesting Pasture Birds

    Southeastern Pennsylvania meadows, dotted with deciduous trees both young and mature, are beautiful farmland habitats.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Nesting Pasture Birds

    Southeastern Pennsylvania meadows, dotted with deciduous trees both young and mature, are beautiful farmland habitats.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Coniferous Beauties in May

    May is a time of flowers, singing birds, long evenings, and other beauties of spring in southeastern Pennsylvania. And it’s the time of tender, new growth on coniferous trees, birds nesting in many conifers, and other attractive, interesting aspects of those local evergreen trees.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Coniferous Beauties in May

    May is a time of flowers, singing birds, long evenings, and other beauties of spring in southeastern Pennsylvania. And it’s the time of tender, new growth on coniferous trees, birds nesting in many conifers, and other attractive, interesting aspects of those local evergreen trees.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Easily Seen Predators

    American kestrels, red-tailed hawks, belted kingfishers, and great blue herons are common, easily spotted predatory birds here in southeastern Pennsylvania, as elsewhere.

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