Owls

Chasing Whoo?

Chasing Whoo?

View the November 2022 Nature Friend Magazine Long-eared Owl. Photo © Dreamstime.com. Ice-crusted snow crunched, warning the woods of the coming intruders. Blue Jays screamed somewhere. “Are they...

Covers, October 2022

Covers, October 2022

Long-eared Owl. Photo © Matt Amstutz. Bull elk in Grand Teton National Park. Photo © Jason Yoder.

H’owl You Get Rich?

H’owl You Get Rich?

Long-eared Owl. Photo © Matt Amstutz. Brrr. My arms trembled. My hands shook. I strained to steady the lens in the -10° C (14° F) chill. But was it the cold making me shiver? Or was something like...

Big Day Birding

Big Day Birding

Canada Warbler. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. On May 13, 2022, my brother and I, along with five others, joined my grandfather on a big day birding trip. My grandfather, Andrew Troyer, keeps an annual big...

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

Box? Did you say box? The large owl was sitting on a branch, silhouetted against a gorgeous sunset of orange and reds. The branch he was on, the trunk he was beside, were flawless—splendid props for...

A Grandma’s Story

A Grandma’s Story

Mudpuppy. Photo © Dreamstime.com. Grandma stood on the flat top of the stone wall, enjoying the cool evening air. A small spring-fed stream lined with stone walls flowed through the yard, under the...

My Wonderful Adventure

My Wonderful Adventure

Blue-winged Warbler. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. Before I started my twenty-four-hour birding adventure, I knelt beside our creek and looked into the water. As I did, I prayed for a successful birding...

Birding Along the Linville Creek

Birding Along the Linville Creek

Spring Migration Bird Contest Second Place Linville Creek. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. The clock read 11:30 a.m. I was curled up on the couch flipping through the latest issue of Nature Friend, when the...