Waterfowl – Geese, Swans, Ducks, Loons, Grebes

Honk! Quack!

Honk! Quack!

View the December 2022 Nature Friend Magazine Snow Geese flying. Photo © Matt Anderson/Dreamstime.com. One sunny day we decided to go to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. After driving a ways,...

What a Splashing Success!

What a Splashing Success!

View the November 2022 Nature Friend Magazine Wood Duck drake swimming. Photo © Cheryl Shank. Slowly, quietly, yet steadily, I crept along, my binoculars in hand. Surely I can sneak in here without...

Four-legged Furries

Four-legged Furries

View the November 2022 Nature Friend Magazine Every Monday and Thursday morning my co-teacher and I meet on the road somewhere between her house and mine for a pleasant walk to school on the...

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...

Whooping Crane Wonders

Whooping Crane Wonders

Whooping Crane. Photo © Dreamstime.com. Dawn broke clear and cold on a gorgeous autumn day. The date was October 27, 2021, and it would be a day to remember. My siblings, my mom, and I drove 1½...

We Like Water Wildlife

We Like Water Wildlife

Marsh with wild phlox. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. The twists and turns of the Big Spring are a water-life paradise. Flowing, rippling watercress and waving mosses grow in the waters. The clear...

A Week by the Creek

A Week by the Creek

Stream and wild lupines. Photo © Dreamstime.com. With a last cautious effort, the sun finally peeked over the eastern horizon. Gaining confidence, it rose fully, flooding the earth with its warmth...

A Week in the Woods

A Week in the Woods

Water Workshop Grand Prize Woodland pond. Photo © Joanna Rufener. What goes on day and night at a calm, wooded pond in spring?It was a mystery to me, and this year I found out, thanks to Nature...

In Search of Ducks!

In Search of Ducks!

Floating waterfowl blind. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. Oh no, I thought, I didn’t put the flippers on my boots. I will have to wade back to the shore.After some awkward minutes trying to figure out...

Build a Floating Blind for Waterfowl Photos

Build a Floating Blind for Waterfowl Photos

Waterfowl blind. Photo © Nathan Leinbach. One brisk morning at dawn, I drove toward the spot where I like to float my floating blind in the creek. I slipped on my waders and set my “ship” afloat.My...

Wild Bird Art Contest Graphite Pencil Winners

Wild Bird Art Contest Graphite Pencil Winners

First Place Winner Great Horned Owl. Artwork © Lynette Miller, 17. Second Place Winner Wood Duck pair. Artwork © Reuben Miller, 16. Third Place Winner Red-bellied Woodpecker. Artwork © Laura...