Category Archives: Spring

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A Sense of Place – Spring ponds

Note to Readers: The audio can only be heard using Safari. Turn the volume to its highest setting. This is the second in a series of stories about places where we connect to the Earth. Where our hearts are open and … Continue reading

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Frogs, Frogs, Frogs

The parade of frogs to the breeding ponds begins soon after the ice is out (usually after April 15th), as they fulfill their yearly mating ritual. In the spring I try to spend as much time as possible in the … Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Spring 2016

Spring weather has finally arrived. It is time to get outside and witness the unfolding of spring. Below are four common spring calls. How many can you identify? 1. 2. 3. 4.                                            2.                                        3.                                      4.        Chickadee … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring 2014

January 15 On a below zero morning I heard my first sign of spring. Who was calling in the cold? cardinal and  “fee bee” call  of the chickadee January 17 I was skiing and heard the drumming of a downy … Continue reading

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Spring Bird Identification Program

  pages 68-78 in Peterson First Guide to Birds [audio:http://oldnaturalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/chickadee1.mp3] Pages 84-92 in Peterson First Guide Birds [audio:http://oldnaturalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/robin1.mp3] Look between pages 100 – 116 in Peterson First Guide to Birds [audio:http://oldnaturalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/indigo1.mp3] pages 95-105  in Peterson First Guide to Birds [audio:http://oldnaturalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/rw.mp3] … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

Phenology is the study of the seasonal changes found in nature. Below are my weekly notes which I began taking on March 10th, 2012. If you want to post some photos on this site, please visit and post them to the Old … Continue reading

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