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February begins, and spring is on the horizon

February 5, 2016 “It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. more »»

 
 
 
Winter unique for weather, birding opportunities

January 29, 2016 “I pray this winter be gentle and kind — a season of rest from the wheel of the min. more »»

Even with bitter cold, falling snow, birding still good

January 22, 2016 “If from the top of a long cold barren hill I hear the distant whistle of a thrush which seems to come up from some warm woody shelter beyond the edge of the hill, this sound coming faint over the... more »»

Winter may finally be here; Christmas Bird Counts are underway

December 18, 2015 “Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath makes me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.” — Terri Guillemet Finally thermometers are more correctly reflecting the temperatures of the seaso. more »»

Will mild temps bring unusual additions to CBC?

December 11, 2015 I love snow, snow, and all the forms of radiant frost. — Percy Bysshe Shelley Thick, crystalline frost seems to be the extent of winter recently across much of the Upper Peninsula. more »»

Winter’s delay will make Christmas bird counts amusing

December 4, 2015 “Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder — no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered. more »»

Winter is coming, but there is still so much to see

November 27, 2015 “I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorro. more »»

Winter is coming, but there is still so much to see

November 20, 2015 “A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. more »»

A quiet fall of birding, with an array of surprises

November 13, 2015 “Pleasures lie thickest where no pleasures seem: There’s not a leaf that falls upon the ground But holds some joy of silence or of sound, Some spirits begotten of a summer dr. more »»

November brings simple brand of birding

November 6, 2015 “Dull November brings the blast, Then the leaves are whirling fast.” — Sara Coleridge The 11th month has arrived, not with a blast, but with a warm welcome. more »»

Distant extreme weather spurs rare sightings

October 30, 2015 “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. more »»

Snowy owls a sign of what’s ahead?

October 23, 2015 “As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation.” — Gloria Swanson Autumn winds have hinted at winter’s doorway presenc. more »»

Rush of migrants continues with autumn weather

October 9, 2015 “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. more »»

Thousands of birds make their way south

October 2, 2015 “The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who ... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space ... on the infinite highway of the air. more »»

U.P. weather defies calendar, slows birding

September 25, 2015 “Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night; and thus he would never know the rhythms that are at the heart of life. more »»

September’s see-saw days keeps things interesting

September 18, 2015 “The world is but a perpetual see-saw.” — Michel de Montaigne quotes The seesaw days of September in the Upper Peninsula have kept everything interesting. more »»

Daylight, weather fronts play big in migration

September 4, 2015 “I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way. more »»

Enjoying the last of the summer

August 28, 2015 “By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer. more »»

Fall migration ramps up in the North

August 21, 2015 “Bird migration is the one truly unifying natural phenomenon in the world, stitching the continents together in a way that even the great weather systems, which roar out from the poles but fizzle at... more »»

Wildlife busy prepping for summer’s end

August 7, 2015 “August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I’ve been listening to in the late spring and summer. more »»

Fruit is ripe, and birds are entertaining

July 24, 2015 “You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” — Will Rogers The very first serviceberries began to ripen on some local trees about a week ago. more »»

 
 
 

 

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