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2021, 05, May Story Contest

From Seeds to Swallows

From Seeds to Swallows

“Would you like to choose a special kind of vegetable to grow in our garden this summer?” my mom asked me. Photo © Smartstock/iStockPhoto.com. I was excited, and soon began looking through a seed...

Cat Attack!

Cat Attack!

On an unexpectedly cool afternoon, my brothers and I were biking over to a friend’s house. Crossing the creek, my brother exclaimed. “A deer! No, a coyote!” Bobcat. Photo © Chris...

Dead, Yet Alive

Dead, Yet Alive

One balmy day during the summer of 2014, my sister and I found a deceased cicada. We deposited it in a Styrofoam container. Then we gifted it with an air freshener, a mothball. After performing...

A Migration Miracle

A Migration Miracle

I looked out the window. Sunlight was streaming through it onto my face. I thought, What a beautiful, peaceful morning…. Red-breasted Nuthatch. Photo © Cheryl Shank. Suddenly, “Tweep, tweep, tweep,...

Summer Birding

This summer has been interesting since I started birding. One Sunday we went on an afternoon drive. As we crested the hill just past our house, we saw a Broad-winged Hawk on a telephone pole. This...

Covers, May 2021

Covers, May 2021

A white-tailed fawn curled under cinnamon ferns in the Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows. Photo © Kevin Shank. Back Cover Jack Rabbit Caption This. Photo © Dreamstime.com.