Nature

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

Starting to Face Climate Change

I put up a petition using this picture of a flooded boathouse and in short order found that a lot of us supported something that would encourage action.

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Sherry L. B. Johnson

Depth of Field: The Story Behind the Image: “Autumn Afternoon”

I knew immediately there was a stunning photograph to be had here, but there were challenges to be overcome.

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Chris Murray

Betty White

She was the talk of Grenell Island—Murray Isle too. “Did you see the new set of ducklings? One of them is white.” Well, in all honesty, she

Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

Out of a Flood: The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary

The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary is an oddity of history, its nine thousand hectares of field, wetland, and uplands established on land reclaimed through unique circumstances.

Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2019
Craig Irwin Stevenson

The Work of Minna Anthony Common: Rock Ridges Trail

Minna Anthony Common spent nearly all of here summers surrounded by its beauty as the foundation for her life's work.

Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2019
Becky Ferrigno

And Then There Was Light

Before August 1st, 1929, Grenell Island was dark at night. Imagine a world lit by lamplight.

Volume 14, Issue 8, August 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

Save the River Action

I am asked many times a week about the causes of this summer’s high waters. I have taken to carrying this Plan 2014 Update...

Volume 14, Issue 8, August 2019
John Peach

August Avian Happenings

As August dawns the breeding season for most summer bird residents of the River is over.. Early migration becomes a steady flow with some species mostly gone by months end...

Volume 14, Issue 8, August 2019
Gerry Smith

2019.06.18 - Year of the Boot II (The Sequel)

Sequels are the bread and butter of Hollywood, so Mother Nature decided to jump on the bandwagon and create a sequel of her own. High Water once again...

Volume 14, Issue 7, July 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

NOAA's Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary

There are 13 existing national marine sanctuaries in the U.S. and three under consideration by NOAA, including Lake Ontario. - should there be another in our region?

Volume 14, Issue 7, July 2019
Dennis McCarthy

September 2017 Article Revisited: High Water is for the Birds

...writing to convince many of us today, June 2019, that the high water is beneficial when so many are suffering is a different story

Volume 14, Issue 6, June 2019
Susan W. Smith

'59 Forward: An Essay on the St. Lawrence Seaway After 60 Years.

The St Lawrence, in its transformation from River to “Seaway”, took on a tone of indifference, of corporate and bureaucratic efficiency, with decisions made at a distance and on a scale far...

Volume 14, Issue 6, June 2019
Craig Irwin Stevenson

Prehistoric Fish Receiving Help to Return to the River

Is that a prehistoric fish? Is it really more than 150 years old? Are lake sturgeon returning to the St. Lawrence River?

Volume 14, Issue 6, June 2019
Kara Lynn Dunn