Nature

Broad-winged Hawks Return!

The last ten days of April and the first week of May can produce large passages of northbound hawks through our region.

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
Gerry Smith

Finding Aquatic Nuisance Species!

Watercraft Inspection Stewards serve as a front-line defense against aquatic invasive species such as Hydrilla, Eurasian Water Milfoil, and Zebra Mussels. Aquatic invasive species that are transported by vessels . . .

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
Aliana Young & Brittney Rogers

Birdwatching 101 & Birdhouses

Backyard birding is an activity suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. It is also completely free.

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Hermann Samano

Glen Elbe Farm Gift

At Glen Elbe is a farm so deeply steeped in history and so very rich in nature, that its story needs to be told .

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Don Ross

More About Minna

We discovered a little more of Minna Anthony Common's fascinating story that ends up circling back to the Thousand Islands of today!

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Patty Mondore

Food for Thought!

My beginner's luck earned the reward of dinner for my family, followed by a trip to the E.R. . . .The romance nearly ended before it began.

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Martha Grimes

Excursions in the Pacific Ocean, Part 2

In Part I, some readers thought there should be no problem with a flood tide that gets you "back to the launch ramp" when the wind drops to zero, but . . .

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Derek Innes

Short-eared Owl Invasion Winter 20-21

This winter a significant number of this nomadic owl species have found a winter residence in our region.

Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2021
Gerry Smith

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
Paul Hetzler

"Bigger is Better"

TILT's Founder, Ken Deedy, once said that “when it comes to preserving habitat, the rule of thumb is ‘bigger is better.'"

Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2021
Aliana Young

Finch Invasion Continues

The large handsome Evening Grosbeak was a common winter bird in our region when I began birding more than a half century ago.

Volume 16, Issue 1, January 2021
Gerry Smith

Turtle Takes a Tumble

I stood to see that it was a tiny snapping turtle, small enough to fit inside the palm of my hand. We’ve had turtles pass through...

Volume 15, Issue 12, December 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

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
Paul Hetzler

Another Invasion from the North

In our region Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak, and species of the redpoll complex are already appearing in small numbers.

Volume 15, Issue 12, December 2020
Gerry Smith

Winter Raptors are Coming

In November, many northern raptors settle in for the winter in the eastern Lake Ontario and western St. Lawrence region.

Volume 15, Issue 11, November 2020
Gerry Smith

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
Paul Hetzler

First Annual Trash Free River Cleanup!

90 volunteers helped STR haul more than three dump truck loads of plastic and trash from the River bottom and shoreline.

Volume 15, Issue 11, November 2020
John Peach

Nature's Guest Book

We may pay the taxes but our point belongs to Nature...

Volume 15, Issue 10, October 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh