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Summertime Search

Summertime Search

One warm summer day, my cousin and I had a contest to see who could find the most kinds of birds, animals, trees, plants, or leaves. We met at the trail that led into the woods. Our backpacks were...

Spring Dog Birding

Spring Dog Birding

American Woodcock. Photo © Kevin Shank. The second week of May came, and so did the warblers and other migrating species. I had spring fever. Spring, Galen, warblers—all three—go hand in hand, so...

Baby House Finch’s Adventure

Baby House Finch’s Adventure

Baby House Finch is only slightly aware of his surroundings. Instinct tells him he must get out! Frantically he pecks at the shell imprisoning him. At last he lies back, exhausted. After a short...

“Our Kingfisher?”

“Our Kingfisher?”

It was the beginning of warmer weather, when the changing day length tells birds to begin their migration back north.This is a time that my family looks forward to, not only because we enjoy the...

Covers, May 2022

Covers, May 2022

Feeding giant acorn barnacle. Photo © Gerald Corsi/iStockPhoto.com. Impala and Red-billed Oxpeckers. Photo © Dreamstime.com.

Nighttime Raider

Nighttime Raider

One summer day when we had some visitors, we spied a little squirrel up in the treetops right next to our house. It was not much bigger than a chipmunk. Someone ran to get the field guide, and we...