Of Fairydiddles, Truffles, and Trees, an essay by Naturalist William Hudson

We are all connected. I don’t mean just us children of Adam and Eve. The “we” is an inclusive one.

  • People
  • Other animals
  • Plants
  • Streams
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Oceans
  • Dirt
  • Fungi
  • Trees
  • Squirells.

All of it is “we” and is connected. In the words of our friend, naturalist William Hudson, “Most things in nature are connected in some very complex ways. Take for example fairydiddles, truffles, and trees.

Check out his essay, and be amazed by the intricacy of Nature. Then, go outside and re-connect with your source. Take care of yourself by just enjoying that connection.

Thanks Bill!


Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society to host 31-mile bird watching walk May 23

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society to host 31-mile bird watching walk May 23 – Cleveland.com: “The entire length of the 31-mile route is part of the Rocky River Important Bird Area. Walkers are seeking pledges to help them finish their 5-year survey of birds in the area, which is being done in hopes of securing funds for Cleveland Metroparks to buy additional parcels of land in the valley so they can be protected from development.”

What a wonderful way to support Cleveland Metroparks and enjoy a day-long outdoor adventure with experienced birders. Check this out and expand your horizons.

For more information: visit the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society’s web page.


Bird Watching in Cleveland and NE Ohio | Ohio Birding – cleveland.com

Bird Watching in Cleveland and NE Ohio | Ohio Birding – cleveland.com: “The trees appeared to be dripping with yellow-rumped warblers, whose wheezy songs echoed all around us. The most common of songbirds were accompanied by a wave of early-arriving warblers: Northern parula, prothonotary, black-throated blue, black-throated green, ovenbird, blue-winged, pine, Blackburnian, black-and-white, Tennessee, Nashville, hooded and both waterthrushes, Northern and Louisiana.”

This article may inspire a few couch potatoes to get out and explore nature. I sure hope it does. Take a look at the article, then look at our beginning birding page to get some ideas about how to find and identify our fine feathered friends.



Ohio.com – Black bears emerging in Ohio

Ohio.com – Black bears emerging in Ohio

“In 2008, a total of 105 bear sightings occurred in 21 Ohio counties. That included 93 sightings in the 11 counties in Northeast Ohio. total of 32 sightings were verified by tracks, scat, pictures or other evidence.”

Pretty cool. Soon we will have nuisance bear problems in northeast Ohio. This is amazing. Imagine suburban Akron/Cleveland neighborhoods with bears knocking over trash cans. Its coming. I can’t wait. missing piece of our ecological system is coming back!


Spring is on its way…

A couple of days ago, I was standing in my bedroom, looking out toward the woods. Suddenly, I saw a strange bluish, head looking out from the shrubs. This alien looking creature then stepped forward, revealing itself to be a wild turkey. It was a tom with a beard about 10 inches long. I got excited. Then another followed, and another, and another. My excitement grew. Six large toms eventually sauntered out of the woods and into the field.

Stepping out to the patio and opening a window, I made a couple of lame attempts to call to them in turkey language. Alas, I am not fluent. They stopped moving, but didn’t even look at me. On the third try, they did look at me, but never called back.

In any event, the subject of this post is Spring. I was told by a friend, who was forced to listen to this whole episode, since I was on the phone with him when the turkeys appeared, that the large mixed-gender winter flocks start to break down into single-sex groups when spring is near.

So, groundhogs are out. Turkeys are in. Spring, here we come!


Great Backyard Bird Count Begins!

Bird Watching in Cleveland and NE Ohio | Ohio Birding – cleveland.com
Get outside and count some birds in this great, widespread, and important event from February 13th through 16th, 2009. For instructions and a place to post your results, see the National Audubon Society’s page on the Great Backyard Bird Count .