Otters Are Back in our Rivers

On August 25, my wife and I saw a road-killed otter on Route 45 (between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown) near where it crosses the Opequon Creek. We decided this was worth a second look and returned later. Th...

Song of the Wood Thrush

It’s been a cool, dry spring, but now a welcome spell of mild, rainy weather softens the evening. Distant thunder rumbles a counterpoint to the wood thrush singing in the woods behind the barn. Fifty years a...

Your Neighborhood Wren

A tiny backyard friend with unmistakable allure. As the sun broke through the rain clouds recently, a Carolina wren sat on the arm of a wooden yard chair next to our big forsythia bush, singing for all he wa...

Hawk Awareness Produces High Drama

Maintaining a bird feeder close to the house can be fun and educational for kids—a great hobby for older folks and entertaining for everybody. But it’s easy to forget it’s not a show, but real life, with someti...

Celebrate the Birth of a New Year

In the dark hours of morning, the first snow fell, unannounced and unpredicted. Barely a dusting, it whitened the ground and stuck in the crevices of tree trunks. The first snow fell the second week in Decem...