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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal officials on Tuesday declared the monarch butterfly “a candidate” for threatened or endangered status, but said no...

One night just before Christmas last year, my youngest daughter and I opted to walk the short distance home from dinner at my parents’ house...

Tufted titmice flock to feeders


As winter approaches and snow coats the ground, the tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) will again become a ubiquitous backyard visitor. Familiar...

Rat-a-tat-tat. Showers of acorns hit the ground and tapped our heads as my husband and I hiked the Appalachian Trail. Thousands of acorns strewn...

Voles change behavior with the seasons


Bent down in an apple field searching for a lost earring, I found a different treasure: a stout mouse-like animal, with a short tail and stubby...

There’s nothing barren about pine barrens


Pine barrens are certainly piney — but they’re not the least bit barren. They were so named not because they lack life, but because colonists found...

Last October, a young student in one of my nature journaling workshops pointed out a fuzzy yellow caterpillar with long black tufts. “Those kind...

As I waded in Lake Champlain one summer, a fellow bather explained that just a little farther out, refreshing spring water would cool my feet. I...

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