2024, 02 February

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...

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...

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...

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...

Let’s Take a Hike, February 2024: Lightning

Let’s Take a Hike, February 2024: Lightning

My March Contest Lenspiration Second Place Winner March in Southern Africa marks the beginning of autumn. This is the rainy season in the eastern part. With temperatures still warm and humidity...

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...

Quacks and Splashes

Quacks and Splashes

Waterfowl migration on the Choptank River, Cambridge, Maryland. Photo © Cheryl Shank. Surf Scoters floated beneath us on the Choptank River, their dramatic head patterns standing out against the...

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...

From the Editor’s Quill, February 2024

From the Editor’s Quill, February 2024

Last year we did a joint contest with Lenspiration photography students titled “My March.” Categories included, “Through my lens,” “Through my brushes,” and “Through my pens.” We announced the...

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...