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MyWoodlot Health Alert: Sycamore Anthracnose

Brendan Murphy Monday, 14 May 2018

MyWoodlot Health Alert: Sycamore Anthracnose

Sycamore Anthracnose is a native fungus that we’re seeing a lot of this spring thanks to the cool, rainy weather. Fortunately, your sycamores will probably survive.

Scruffy Whitetails (Who's Scruffy Looking?)

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 07 May 2018

Scruffy Whitetails (Who's Scruffy Looking?)

At first I was excited to get some good deer photos. But when I looked closer, my excitement turned to concern. What was wrong with these deer?

I Bought a House with a Woodlot and Lawn…..Now What?

Brendan Murphy Wednesday, 04 April 2018

I Bought a House with a Woodlot and Lawn…..Now What?

This is the first blog in a series that shares the experiences of a new woodlot and lawn owner as he tries to make his small corner of the world a little better for wildlife.

Coltsfoot: Early Spring Wildflower

Karl VonBerg Monday, 26 March 2018

Coltsfoot: Early Spring Wildflower

While driving down the road in early spring, you may see yellow flowers and think the dandelions are back. But those flowers aren’t dandelions at all. They’re coltsfoot.

Listen to the Silence

Karl VonBerg Monday, 12 February 2018

Listen to the Silence

I am moving through the slowly falling snow, back in the woods far from any road. There is no breeze. Suddenly it hits me. There is no sound right now. I stop to take it in, that rarest of rare finds in our noisy modern world: utter, complete, total silence.

Winter Robins

Tom Foulkrod Monday, 29 January 2018

Winter Robins

I encountered a lot of skepticism about this “winter robin.” People told me I couldn’t have seen what I saw. After hearing that from a few folks, I decided to set the record straight.

Order Your Spring Trees…in Winter?

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 15 January 2018

Order Your Spring Trees…in Winter?

Many tree suppliers start taking spring orders in January. If you plan on planting trees this year, order them now for the best chance of getting the number and kinds of trees you want.”

Sycamores: Strange-Looking, Streamside-Loving Trees

Karl VonBerg Monday, 01 January 2018

Sycamores: Strange-Looking, Streamside-Loving Trees

American sycamores are really catchy-looking trees, especially in winter. The other day I happened to look out a window at work and couldn’t help but say aloud, “That is a huge sycamore tree!”

Red Candles of Winter: Staghorn Sumac

Karl VonBerg Monday, 18 December 2017

Red Candles of Winter: Staghorn Sumac

Driving a country road recently on a cold, crystal-clear day, I noticed the fat red spires of staghorn sumac seed clusters silhouetted against the deep blue sky.

A Frosty Photo Shoot

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 04 December 2017

A Frosty Photo Shoot

Winter and I do not agree. But even I have to admit there’s some beauty in the cold, as I discovered one morning when hoarfrost coated the woods.

The Big Bad Wolf Tree (Isn’t So Bad!)

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 27 November 2017

The Big Bad Wolf Tree (Isn’t So Bad!)

Like the Big Bad Wolf, oddly shaped “wolf trees” used to get removed. But they’re seeing a surge in popularity because of their remarkable wildlife value.

Witch Hazel: Fall Flowering Bush

Karl VonBerg Monday, 13 November 2017

Witch Hazel: Fall Flowering Bush

Last week I talked about a recent late fall hike where I found some surprising color amid the brown. On that hike there was another burst of color I spotted, and I wanted to share it with you.

Late Fall Flowers

Karl VonBerg Monday, 06 November 2017

Late Fall Flowers

Late fall may seem like a drab, brown season, but there are lots of interesting sights to find if you look closely.

The Day I Saw a Zombie

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 30 October 2017

The Day I Saw a Zombie

There I was, minding my own business, when it suddenly leaped out at me from the side of the trail...

A Good Kind of Litter

George Johnson Monday, 23 October 2017

A Good Kind of Litter

You might look at a leaf-covered stream and think it looks dirty. But all that leaf litter is good for water quality, both for creatures in the water and those of us who depend on it to drink.

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