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This May Be An ‘Irruptive’ Year

Story and photos by Tom Hodgson What is an irruptive year? It is a year that feeder watchers love. This is when birds that live in the boreal forests of Canada and extreme northern U.S. … Read more

Bird Feeding Time Again (with slideshow)

By Tom Hodgson Some folks keep their seed feeders filled year around. I do not. I take mine down in early April and exchange them for oriole and hummingbird feeders. The orioles left us in … Read more

Fall Berries Are For The Birds (with slideshow)

Story and photos by Tom Hodgson There are a host of berry-producing shrubs and vines that provide a veritable banquet for both fall migrants and common backyard birds. Some we consider to be undesirables and … Read more

Walk in Fields Of Gold (with slideshow)

Story and photos by Tom Hodgson The song “Fields of Gold” is about two lovers walking through fields of barley.  Today, the “gold in them there fields” is more likely to be goldenrod. There are … Read more

Jewelweed: A Late-Summer Gem

By Tom Hodgson If only they were not so delicate, the blossoms of jewelweed could make a colorful set of dangle earrings, or perhaps a charm for a bracelet, or a pendant. They are not … Read more

Fall is the Squirrel-y Season (with slideshow)

Story and photos by Tom Hodgson The days are getting shorter and the weather is cooling down, triggering hoarding instincts in our local squirrels. There are seven members of the squirrel family in our area. … Read more

Native Prairies Shine in Summer

Story and photos by Tom Hodgson The spring wildflower season is behind us, but summer blossoms are on display. From now until frost, our native prairies are ablaze with color. Thanks to the efforts of … Read more

Spooky sounds heard in local swamps

By Tom Hodgson Before Chelsea was settled, this area was known as the “land of the black swamps.” There was so much swamp land that earlier settlers moved on in search of more high ground … Read more