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Tomorrow is the first day of spring and for gardeners the juices are flowing. Just be careful when you step outside for the juices may freeze. After a relatively mild February, I had hopes we'd have an early start to the gardening season, much as we … more
Q: I recently noticed something I hadn't seen before. On March 11, I saw a flock of cardinals ground feeding beneath our bird feeder in Pittsfield. There were five males and a female. Is it unusual for cardinals to flock like this?— Florian, … more
With spring thaw comes the earthworm and robin. They seem to go together, and this best known of our native birds, the adaptable and abundant American robin preys on this denizen of the earth and wherever there is soil following gentle shower or cloudburst, in woodland or meadow, lawn or garden there is the ever-present earthworm, small enough to dubbed a wiggler or large enough to be known as the fisherman's friend, the night crawler. more
Houseplants seem to be in vogue again, which is encouraging because they have a way of bringing the plant world into the hearts of those who need it most: urban dwellers, office workers and people generally short on terrain. more
Spring is about to spring here in the Earth's Northern Hemisphere. First we start (at least in most of the U.S.) with a change of time from standard time to daylight saving time today, March 12, followed just eight days later by the official onset … more
I've spent more than three fun decades working in some of the great planetariums of our nation, and as springtime approaches each year, I always think back to those great school field trips to Philadelphia's Fels Planetarium.These exposed me to a … more
Winter may not be the most aerobic season for a gardener, but the index finger gets a good workout as the catalogues arrive in the mail. They're irresistible to flip through, with their bright colors and extravagant claims of flavor and bounty.There … more
It's amazing how stargazing often takes me back to my childhood, when I first gazed upon the night sky with wonder. more
The period Mark Twain dubbed "the Gilded Age" was one of extreme wealth and ostentation, of robber barons amassing great fortunes, of glaring chasms between rich and poor. more
It is always exciting to see something new, and if it moves with the alacrity of a gray squirrel, and looks like a gray squirrel except for its color, then is it a gray squirrel even if it is black? more
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