Nature

Secret Language of Mushrooms

It’s old news that fungi transfer information chemically under the ground. This new discovery suggests that as fungi decompose wood, they might also be composing sonnets, love-poems, or grocery lists . . .

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
Paul Hetzler

The 2022 Kenneth Deedy Environmental Steward Shares Her Journey

When I received the call from TILT that I was invited to be this year’s Kenneth Deedy, Environmental Steward, I was beyond excited! As the Deedy Steward I would spend time at three different nonprofits, . . .

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
Sara Lantier

1940’s Summer Haying

Starting in late June and usually the entire month of July, daylight was consumed with the hay harvest on the farm. The fields that had been set aside for growing hay were cut and the hay was placed on wagons and hauled into the barn.

Volume 17, Issue 8, August 2022
Manley L. Rusho

Daycare Forests

Research on the health benefits of being in a forest environment is so compelling that urban daycares in Finland “built” forests for kids to use.

Volume 17, Issue 8, August 2022
Paul Hetzler

Guilty As Charged!

Crossing the northern border is no laughing matter. Some time ago, I had an experience that has really stayed with me . . .

Volume 17, Issue 8, August 2022
Michael Laprade

The Giant Joro Spider

First your car catches fire, and then your house. Worse yet, your date kills you and devours your flesh without so much as an apology. Yeah, spiders are creepy , , ,

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Paul Hetzler

"Microplastic Pollution Discovered in the St. Lawrence River."

“Microplastic Pollution Discovered in St. Lawrence River” was the headline of a news release in September 2014, as McGill University . . .

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Kara Lynn Dunn

Turn off the Light – Bring on the Night

As a young child I would wait until after dinner, then my dad would say, “Time to find the night!”

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Heather White

TIA Breakfast and AGM are Back!

How did the breakfast come about: " In the early 2000’s, when Barbara Butts was President, the idea of a shore breakfast before the meeting was launched. Attendance grew and the news spread.

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Allison Burchell-Robinson

Call the Dogs off the Lions

Why do we hate lions? For reasons beyond any logic that I can see, most Westerners have been brainwashed by the lawn-care industry to believe that dandelions are posies non grata in our landscapes.

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Paul Hetzler

Spongy Moth Caterpillars Infest the Thousand Islands

Last year saw an infestation of Spongy Moth Caterpillars (formerly Gypsy Moth) and as we head into summer, it is apparent that our latest plague has returned in our area . . .

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Chris Piering

Meet S. Gerald Ingerson and his Woods

This is a story about a generous and humble man, S. Gerald Ingerson, who grew up and raised his family in the Thousand Islands.

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Terra Bach

Why does the Turtle cross the Road?

Why do turtles cross the road in the first place? Roads are one of the least safe places for turtles – road mortality is the second largest reason for turtle population loss – so why do we constantly find them there?

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Nikki Kempen

Good News about a Bad Word

The word is Vaccine: Yikes! Let’s get right down to it: a vaccine against poison ivy will soon be available, but only if you really, really, really want it. Promise.

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Paul Hetzler

Springtime Rite — Fox Kits

My diary temporarily becomes a record of firsts — first trout lily, first muskrat, first loon. And for two consecutive years now, first sighting of fox kits.

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Glenn Sandiford

The Muskrat

If there was one animal that everyone on the island admired, it was the muskrat.

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Manley L. Rusho

Island Archaeology

A 2019 organized boat trip inviting a formidable group of archeologists and specialists. The boat trip was an opportunity to demonstrate our region’s rich archaeological heritage.

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Ross Holbrook

The National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was signed into law on 1 January 1970. It’s one of the shortest laws in the US – a total of six pages. It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Elspeth Naismith