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A Wildflower Drive

A Wildflower Drive

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Bird's-foot trefoil. Photo © Klaus Reitmeier|Dreamstime.com. Every time I have gone away in the summer has been a wildflower drive for me all the years we...

Exploring Nature, April 2024

Exploring Nature, April 2024

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Just as farmers are hoping the spring dries up enough to get into the fields to mow hay, morel hunters are hoping for alternating rain and sunshine to...

The Native Wildflower Garden

The Native Wildflower Garden

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Why,” you ask, “would I want to include native spring ephemerals in my wildflower garden?”Well, in my experience, these wildflowers are much more than...

Cancer

Cancer

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Cancer, the Crab, is a mid-sized constellation that lies just east of Gemini and just west of Leo. Cancer is made up solely of dim stars, and its shape is...

Photographing Owls in Flight

Photographing Owls in Flight

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Eastern Screech-Owl catching a mouse. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. Only a few minutes had passed, and already a screech owl had flown over our setup. From their...

Whoo, Hoo, Hooo’s Home?

Whoo, Hoo, Hooo’s Home?

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Owls are a fascinating family of birds. Most of them hunt at night and roost in some secluded spot during daylight hours. They are often heard but seldom...

Bluebird Summer

Bluebird Summer

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Eastern Bluebird. Photo © Steve Byland/Dreamstime.com. One beautiful spring morning, I noticed a pair of bluebirds checking out the wren house on our...

Growing Great Strawberries

Growing Great Strawberries

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Strawberries are a great crop for beginning fruit growers. Unlike growing trees and bushes, if you make a mistake with strawberries, you can quickly start...

Gemini

Gemini

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive M35 and NGC 2158. Photo © Scott Rosen. Gemini, the twins, lies northeast of Orion along the band of the Milky Way. The most obvious part of Gemini is the...

Log Cabin Bird Feeder

Log Cabin Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder Contest First Place Winner View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Here are the instructions and photos of the bird feeder that my brother Jeffery Schrock built for your contest....

In Our Skies, March 2024

In Our Skies, March 2024

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive March 14 Pleiades is very close to the moon—less than 2 degrees.March 24 Mercury is at its greatest eastern elongation from the Sun. Look for it low in...

The Ruler of the Night

The Ruler of the Night

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive The Moon definitely gets our attention as the ruler of the night. It overrules the dimmer sky objects when it comes out in full brightness. It also rules...