Field Notes

Potpourri Lots to talk about in the natural world this week, so let’s take a quick look-see at the world around us. First, an update on the cavity nesting season, which started out so well with a dozen Bluebird nests in our 20 observatory boxes, tells us that Nature shows no favorites and can be heavy handed in pursuit of that constantly changing More...

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By Dave Curry On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Field Notes

Last week the rains finally arrived. The Observatory recorded more than three inches over the last six days which will go a long way toward jump-starting lawns and gardens. Spring migration is in full swing and More...

By Pocahontas Times On Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Field Notes

While the mild and fair conditions of March were much appreciated, it was also terribly misleading. Now hopes of an early spring have largely been dashed by an about-face in April weather as we received snow on More...

By Pocahontas Times On Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Field Notes

The weather was unusually warm and dry last week promising to jump start us into springtime. A little bit of rain fell on Sunday, just enough to inspire the early amphibians to come out and play. The Wood Frogs More...

By Dave Curry On Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Great Backyard Bird Count starts Friday

This juvenile female sapsucker has been an unusual visitor to Dave Curry’s Arbovale feeder this winter.  These birds usually winter much further south. Photo courtesy of Dave Curry It’s that time again. A More...

By Dave Curry On Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Field Notes

Bear season for 2015 is over and West Virginia hunters had another banner year, harvesting a record 3,195 bears. That number is up 34 percent over the 2014 total of 2,385 and 17 percent over the previous record More...

By Dave Curry On Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Field Notes

The abnormally warm weather of December broke records for mildness and confused Mother Nature into an early show of spring. Bulbs emerged out of the ground and some shrubs prepared to bloom. In my yard in Arbovale, More...