Byline: By David Spector

If you sit on a city park bench you’re likely to see birds, especially house sparrows. This species, native to Europe and Asia, was first...

Earth Matters: Snowflakes with wings

1/28/19

Snowflakes flit across —Stellate whites on winter fields —Flecks of ice and birds.  Snowflakes here have an extra meaning: “Snowflake” is an old...

There is a bounty of animal life beneath our feet. Turn over a log in a forest for a glimpse at some of the hustle and bustle of soil creatures...

“Tra-la-la, tweedlee dee deeIt gives me a thrillTo wake up in the morningTo the mockin’ bird’s trill.”—George Vaughn Horton, “Mockin’ Bird Hill...

Take a toy football, coat it with glue, then roll it in dead leaves. At one end attach a narrow wooden dowel and two large black buttons. The...

An evolutionary conundrum may soon appear in your nearest stand of spruce trees. This winter, red crossbills, among the most puzzling birds in...

Now is a good time to get outside to look for cedar waxwings, a striking songbird with an interesting story. Indeed, any time is a good time, as...

The ways birds use the sun, the stars, their own internal clocks, the Earth’s magnetic field, odors, and other cues to navigate are well documented...

At this time of year I count on one of my favorite spring wildflowers, the little bluet (Houstonia caerulea), for a lovely show. Depending on exact...

People unfamiliar with birds are often amazed at a birdwatcher’s ability to identify individual sounds from the natural chorus of birds, frogs...

By mid-winter many of the smaller, more colorful birds have gone south for the season, and now is a good time to pay attention to gulls. With their...

Confronted with the task of traveling up and down a tree or ladder, most humans approach both the ascent and the descent with legs down and head up...

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