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11th-12th November Tamale to Volta Region
11th-12th November Tamale to Volta RegionAs expected, the drive east is across some very flat, treeless zones, some partially flooded though and therefore with a few...


8th – 10th November Tono, Navrongo & eastwards
8th – 10th November Tono, Navrongo eastwardsThe early part of this spell was spent taking care of poor Oppong. Apparently feeling slightly 'malarial' when at Nazinga, he...


1st – 7th Nov. Roving south and west
1st – 7th Nov. Roving south and westFor his past week we’ve been roving around in the south and west of Burkina, covering a transect from Ouaga to Bobo Dioulasso and...


29th – 31st Oct. New sites around Ouaga
29th – 31st Oct. New sites around OuagaThe first part of our “roving” actually consisted of staying in Ouaga, seeking any other patches in the wider area that might support...


19th – 28th Oct Final week of tracking
19th – 28th Oct Final week of trackingThe tracking team continued with the regular check-ups on the whereabouts of the tagged birds in the Monastery. Some interesting...


Thursday 18th Oct. City park visit
Thursday 18th Oct. City park visitWe take a long-planned break from tracking this morning. Aware from previous experience that disturbance can be a bit of an issue on...


Wednesday 17th Oct. Decoy wood warbler works wonders!
Wednesday 17th Oct. Decoy wood warbler works wonders!Following last night’s rather stormy weather, we manage to find the tagged birds quite easily; bird “10” is in a...


Tuesday 16th Oct. A storm strikes
Tuesday 16th Oct. A storm strikesA poor morning of ringing, with only 3 birds caught, and no migrants.Oppong and I head into town this afternoon for a few sundry items,...


Transplanting a Garden
Transplanting a GardenThe thin, green strip has been mowed again—that narrow band of grass and weeds that runs in the few feet of unplowed land on either side of the lane...


The Great Borer Expedition II
The Great Borer Expedition IIThe Great Borer Expedition IIA journey into the untamed brush of southern Ohio in pursuit of the Amorpha Borer,a seldom seen longhorned beetle,...


Going Coastal
Going CoastalMarblehead LightThis may not be the image that first pops into your mind at the mention of the wordOhio.Ohio’s a Midwestern state, right?Farmland boasting...


Refilling the Feeder
Refilling the FeederMy hummingbird is happy for the change…in me.A newly cleaned and freshly filled reservoir hangs, brimming with cool nectar, in what feels like...


Have you seen...
Have you seen...I had just made the last trip outside for the night, flipping on the porch light and grabbing the few remaining items from the clothesline across the yard....


The Birding Curve
The Birding CurveProthonotary Warbler in Wet WoodsI recall a brief greeting several years ago in an exchange one spring afternoon beside a boardwalk.“The prothonotary has...


Heat
HeatLike many others, I’ve been kept off the trail for days by this extreme heat--a wave so wide-ranging and long-lasting that I’m hard-pressed to find a direction to...


Another helping of Botany, anyone?
Another helping of Botany, anyone?Purple Coneflower,Echinacea purpureaTheMidwest Native PlantSymposium brought together a combination of botanical experts, local native...


The Natural Athlete
The Natural AthleteExcuse me, while I ramble, but being off-task is something I do well--something that, no matter how earnestly I try to walk that straight and narrow...


Have you seen...
Have you seen...The face beyond the windowpane,drawn to the light from within,bumps noisily head to glass,as I, on the other side,peer carefully nose to glass,drawn to the...


A snake in the grass... and some flowers along the way
A snake in the grass... and some flowers along the wayA summer walk down a grassy path will quickly tell you one thing—there’s far more here than meets the eye. From...


Solace for the Night Owl
Solace for the Night OwlSummer solstice is behind us.And with it, have gone the lengthening days that offer me, each evening, a reprise—several hours more to explore the...


Hope... and things with wings...from a naturalist's notebook
Hope... and things with wings...from a naturalist's notebookJanuary 18th was a day for winter walking.Light rain mid-morning had given way to blue skies, which, in a season...


Summer’s really hoppin’ at the ol’ swimmin’ hole!
Summer’s really hoppin’ at the ol’ swimmin’ hole!This year’s extraordinarily wet spring may have put a crimp in the plans for your garden, but the repeated soaking rains...


We interrupt our regularly scheduled program...
We interrupt our regularly scheduled program...I’ll get back to sharing Michigan’s wonderful adventure soon enough.But, let’s press pause, set the cool air and fresh...


Meeting the Heaths
Meeting the HeathsWetland in Northern MichiganTime in Michigan allowed me a chance to meet more of the Heath family.Nope, not the people...the plants.These members of...


Heard Only
Heard OnlyLake Nettie in the MorningI wake this morning to the sound of tree frogs.Warm, heavy air has been spread over the Ohio River valley like a scratchy wool blanket...


Taking Time
Taking TimeBlue-Gray GnatcatcherA tiny bird sings incessantly from the highest branch of the tree beyond my window—a blue-gray gnatcatcher…that seemingly miniature...


What's underneath it all
What's underneath it allMay apple blossom in the RainA blue school bus makes the steady climb along a narrow gravel drive in West Virginia.From behind its steamed windows...


Little men of the spring woods
Little men of the spring woodsDutchman's BreechesI climbed the hillside and sat among pole after pole of tiny trousers, waving in the breeze of an April afternoon.But for...


Time with Trout-lilies
Time with Trout-liliesWhite Trout-lily,Erythronium albidumI seldom worry that what is found in a day outdoors will not be in some way extraordinary.In early April,...


Catching Mice in the Dead Sea
Catching Mice in the Dead SeaFallow FieldAdams County OhioThe fallow fields along the Ohio River may be waiting for seed or plow, but they’re anything but empty on this...


Searching for spring
Searching for springDraba verna"He who hopes for spring with upturned eyenever sees so small a thing as Draba.He who despairs of spring with downcast eyesteps on it,...


Why Neglect Social Results?
Why Neglect Social Results?ByRobin Hanson·March 13, 2014 10:20 am·Comments (38)·« Prev·Next »For many decades I’ve heard people argue about the possibility of ems, i.e.,...