Paul Hetzler is a Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, in Canton, NY. He is the author of "Shady Characters," and the website “Where the Wild Words Are."
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All summer long, yellowjacket workers are busy with good deeds like pollinating flowers and killing deer flies, tent caterpillars, and beetle larvae to feed the colony. But once Queen Mum expires,
If you missed last year’s gypsy moth performance, you have a better chance of catching it this season. Unfortunately.
A friend who once worked nights in a resort bar was asked by a patron where to find “weed.”
As a card-carrying, registered tree hugger, I have long touted the benefits of trees...but satellites, shoes, tape? Way beyond toilet paper!
It's official: Santa's reindeer are all girls - they are also in steep decline, with global reindeer numbers are down 40% in the past 25 years
The consensus now is that any critter able to actively slow its metabolism is a hibernator. Actively slowing down sounds like an oxymoron, but let’s not resort to name-calling.
...whispering pines and rustling leaves – may both soothe us, but they sound quite different.
Bug zappers are consummately worthless for mosquito control...
The great blue heron (Ardea herodias), the largest North American heron, is definitely great,
One of the perks of having trees nearby is that social-distancing rules don’t apply – you can hug as many as you like without risk of contracting Covid-19.
Mosquitoes suck and black flies bite. However, just one bite from a deer (black-legged) tick can put you out of commission for the whole season...
Some foods give you gas, but this is the time of year when gas gives you a really delicious food. Maple syru
Sometimes it feels as though Old Man Winter has a temperature-oscillation App which he turns on before disappearing for a week or two..
What is life like for those few lucky, possibly smarter, white-tailed deer which manage to avoid cars, coyotes, projectiles and parasites beyond the first few years of existence?
Trees whose leaves show color ahead of their same-species peers are doing so because they are barely breaking even. The solar-powered sugar factories we call trees are good savers, ...
What really harms trees is a shortage of oxygen in flooded soils. Severity of flood damage also depends on a tree’s health before the event...
The next time sumac’s bright red fall “flag” catches your eye, consider stopping to collect some berries to make a refreshing drink.
Global warming might be a lot more fun if it came with a thermostat.