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 five out of seven days last week. Not a lot of snow but enough to slow down thoughts of mowing and gardening. A couple of weeks ago, my backyard More...

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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...

By Pocahontas Times On Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

See how they grow

MUFFIN AND WAFFLES, above, take a January stroll with Joel Rosenthal, owner of Point of View Farm at Beard. The cubs and Rosenthal are shown, above, on a walk in May. Rosenthal became a “mother” to the More...

By Dave Curry On Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Field Notes

As 2015 comes to a close, it seems appropriate to tie up some loose ends before proceeding into the New Year. And now would be a good time to wrap up last summer’s birdhouse summary for area cavity nesters. Twenty More...