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...

The Butterfly and the Pawpaw

When we moved to Jefferson County last summer, we were thrilled to discover zebra swallowtail butterflies. I had seen zebra swallowtails before and had long admired them. Smaller than the big yellow tiger sw...