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Field Notes

Odds and ends   The summer continues to rush along toward its inevitable end.  School will start soon and homeowners will get serious about cutting firewood.  Canning and freezing of garden produce is about to get...

Field Notes

What do the following organisms have in common?  Starlings, kudzu, multiflora rose, Asian Lady beetles, English sparrows, chestnut blight and gypsy moth. Give up?  How about that none of these named critters is indigenous or native...

Camp Justice

A muddy two track led from the highway through pot-holed sods to narrow tree lined woods.  The rain and darkness limited the visibility to just a few yards.  After more than a mile, the...

Field Notes

Trapping season for furbearers opens Saturday, November 2, and outdoorsmen will head out in pursuit of most anything covered in fur. Muskrats, mink, raccoon and fox are the most common quarry, and occasionally even...

Field Notes

Pump Up the Volume Step out the door at daylight and you are bound to hear the robins announcing their presence and marking their territory. A little higher in the trees, cardinals are letting...

Field Notes

They are coming. It won’t be long now. On the first dark, rainy, foggy night with temperatures above 45 degrees, they will appear. They will be loud, cold and maybe a little slimy. And...

Field Notes

A ‘Tail’ of Two Critters With apologies to Dickens, a couple of neighborhood creatures find themselves in print this week. The irony is that if you put both animals together, they still couldn’t make one good...