Nature

A Stink of Mink

A group of minks saw this opening as an invitation: “Welcome! Spend your winter here.”

Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

Fields of Hope, in the Thousand Islands

Fields of Hope is a photography farm project which turned into a book. It is a collection of images that celebrate farmers in the Thousand Islands

Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2020
Andrée Thorpe

A Walk in the Parks

When I think “park”, I think slides, swings, and merry-go-rounds. My husband, on the other hand, might think Fenway or Candlestick. But in the late nineteenth century, a "park” was a resort

Volume 15, Issue 5, May 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

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
Paul Hetzler

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
Paul Hetzler

Small-Scale Items and Curiosities

Here from my island home in the Admiralty Group, are a few of the small-scale items and curiosities, that are easy to overlook,

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Winifred McGowan

January 2020 - A New Year

Amazing water level photographs, Dan Tack tribute and beautiful winter photographs!, Yes, Volume 15 - means 15 years of TI Life....

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Susan W. Smith

Island Terrarium

It was always my dream to take a piece of the river home with me in the fall to help me savor my island world until I could return in the spring. Last fall, I did just that.

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

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
Paul Hetzler

The Thousand Acre Challenge

TIWLT has done a lot for this area, and is about to do more with the launch of their latest initiative: The Thousand Acre Challenge.

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Calder Schweitzer

That Beautiful Sound

Transport yourself to the serenity of the River. Close your eyes. What do you hear? An eerie but beautiful sound. A Common Loon. Each year dozens of volunteers take part in the Annual Loon Count on the St. Lawrence River.

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Alaina Young

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
Paul Hetzler

Halloween Storm of 2019: A Witches’ Brew First-Hand*

To know that a storm is coming is to apprehend mystery and fate... By bedtime, it was blowing a gale.

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
Raymond S. Pfeiffer

Northern Harrier Magician of Grassland and Marsh

Once known as Marsh Hawk, this species is a favorite raptor of mine. They are most often seen skimming low over open country flashing the white rump patch that helps identify them in all plumages.

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Gerry Smith

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
Paul Hetzler

Regretting a Rut in the Water

I have heard that the only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. This may be overstating things a bit, but we definitely fell ...

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Donald Middleton

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
Paul Hetzler

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
Paul Hetzler