2024, 02 February

Let’s Bring Them Over!

Let’s Bring Them Over!

It all seemed so noble, and Nicholas Pike decided to do it. Why not, when America was swarming with green canker worms, gregarious grubs, and multiple pests? In his mind’s eye, he saw the House...

Favorite Focus, February 2024

Favorite Focus, February 2024

Horsehead Nebula. Photo © Kevin & Adrian Shank. While the Orion Nebula is by far the most fascinating target in Orion, when it comes to photography, the Flame, Horsehead, and these other...

Focus Illustrated, February 2024

Focus Illustrated, February 2024

I was intrigued by this Northern Pygmy Owl photo as soon as I saw it. What a splendid photo opportunity Josiah had. My fingers itched, though, to do a few tweaks, some of which we have touched on in...

Growing Blueberries

Growing Blueberries

With a sly grin, Phil poked a stick through the leaves, trying to make me think it was a rattlesnake.That was thirty-five-plus years ago, and I still have fond memories of that huckleberry picking...

Orion

Orion

Horsehead Nebula. Photo © Kevin & Adrian Shank. Orion, the Hunter, is one of the most well-known constellations in the night sky. Most of its popularity comes from the fact that it is made up...

Study Guide Puzzles, February 2024

Study Guide Puzzles, February 2024

I was deep in the forest, hiking with a friend and my camera. In the snow were the tracks of a bobcat. I was delighted. Bobcats are such beautiful animals, and I wished to see one. They are so...

Exploring Nature, February 2024

Exploring Nature, February 2024

After a snowfall, look for fresh animal tracks to identify. Hunt for shed antlers. Maintain bird feeding stations with seeds and suet treats. In late February or early March, wood frogs and...

Majestic March

Majestic March

My March Contest Honorable Mention White-tailed deer. Photo © Oseland|Dreamstime.com. The silent pre-dawn is blotted out by densely falling snow. Soundlessly, the hours drift away. Then gray morning...

Eagle Escapades

Eagle Escapades

Immature Bald Eagle eating a salmon. Photo © cgering|iStock.com. One cold, sparkling winter morning I carefully sneaked over to the bay window so as not to scare the many birds at the feeders. All...