Paul Hetzler

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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An Occasional Nip Does Some Good

A friend who once worked nights in a resort bar was asked by a patron where to find “weed.”

Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2021
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Wooden You Know...

As a card-carrying, registered tree hugger, I have long touted the benefits of trees...but satellites, shoes, tape? Way beyond toilet paper!

Volume 16, Issue 1, January 2021
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Taking the Reins

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

Volume 15, Issue 12, December 2020
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Brumation Sweeps across Northern Latitudes

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.

Volume 15, Issue 11, November 2020
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Pine Whisperers

...whispering pines and rustling leaves – may both soothe us, but they sound quite different.

Volume 15, Issue 10, October 2020
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Kill the Bug Zappers Not the Birds

Bug zappers are consummately worthless for mosquito control...

Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2020
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Simply Great

The great blue heron (Ardea herodias), the largest North American heron, is definitely great,

Volume 15, Issue 8, August 2020
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Shady Business

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.

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
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Ticked Off

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...

Volume 15, Issue 5, May 2020
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Got Gas?

Some foods give you gas, but this is the time of year when gas gives you a really delicious food. Maple syru

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
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Winter Swings

Sometimes it feels as though Old Man Winter has a temperature-oscillation App which he turns on before disappearing for a week or two..

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
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Deer Grandma and Grandpa...

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?

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
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Treeconomics 101: Color-Coded Prosperity

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, ...

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
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Flooded Trees...Most Things in Moderation

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...

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
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Aid for What Ails - Yes, Sumacs

The next time sumac’s bright red fall “flag” catches your eye, consider stopping to collect some berries to make a refreshing drink.

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
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A Well-Rounded Perspective

Global warming might be a lot more fun if it came with a thermostat.

Volume 14, Issue 3, March 2019
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Snow Farming...

All about SNOW... Those who work in field and forest should take heart at the mounting snowbanks, not despair of them. [Photo by Chris Murray Photography]

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2019
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Frosted by the Weather

When the thermometer starts dipping into negative values at night, and only rises into the single digits in the day, the morning may come

Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2019
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