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Why the heck would we ever have a contest about dogs pooping? Well, because I've been in education for over 25 years and I know you have to mix it up a bit to get a message across. And besides, I'm gross sometimes. Also, I don't own a dog and I giggle every time I see a dog in that... read more

Some moss on a rock pile.

As more and more events get canceled, and I acquire more and more free time, my delve into the far reaches of YouTube has come across some interesting topics. Old tool restoration, magnet fishing, deep dives into movies I have never seen, among other things. One piqued my interest more so than the others. Terrarium construction. I found... read more

Acorn by Wildlife Terry (Creative Commons)

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Every fall, squirrels busy themselves with burying oak acorns in preparation for the long winter. Unfortunately for the squirrels they sometimes forget where those morsels were buried. The result is a tender oak seedling that emerges in the spring. For me, it’s fun to see where... read more

Stream and surrounding riparian area. Photo Credit: Kelly Parker

Do you have a stream or wetland on or near your property? If so, it is likely that you have a restricted area around it in which you are not allowed to build anything, mow, or clear. This is called a riparian buffer/zone. This is not there to cost you yard space or cause problems for you. These... read more

It is amazing how much more I can observe when I am taking a walk or riding a bike - rather than driving around in my car. I immediately have what I will call a sixth sense “the power of observation.” My eyes and ears help me soak in all that is around me. I can search for... read more

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