A Fun-Loving Guide to the Natural World for Kids and Adults

Bluebirds Pecking at Mirrors

Going out to see our horses the other day, we discovered a pair of bluebirds doing battle with the large outdoor arena mirror {…}

Anatomy of a Phoebe Nest

For years we’ve had phoebes using the same nesting site under the eave of our porch. This winter, the nest finally fell down. Let’s take it apart and see how it was made! {. . .}

Red-Winged Blackbird Displays

This is one of the funnest parts of spring — to watch the male red-winged blackbirds establish their territories. Our favorite place to go is a cattail marsh that seems to be prime blackbird real estate. The older males lead {. . .}

Spring Owl Calls

Last night, well after midnight, we were awoken by the calls of the Barred Owl who lives in the pine forest near our home. For a time there was only {. . .}