Nearby Nature

Mice and voles live in the “subnivean” zone. The area between the snow pack and ground. The snow acts as an insulator from the cold temperatures and it also provides protection from predators.

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The first time I heard that saying was when I was a little kid, it was 15 below, the wind howling, snow blowing and...

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Signs of fall abound, a chill is  in the air,  you can see and hear the familiar V formation of geese flying south, Monarchs...

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Since 1782, the mighty Bald Eagle has been the national emblem for the United States of America. Long before that it represented, and still represents, a spiritual symbol for Native Americans. Now that our July 4 celebrations are over, I thought we should learn a little more about this spectacular bird that reminds us of independence.

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Unfortunately when most people think of bats they are horrified with images of Dracula sucking the blood out of some poor woman’s neck.  They...

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I can assure the readership that this will not be a critique of the famous Dickens novel of the same name, but a few ideas on how to make the most of your adventures when exploring Nearby Nature. When you go to the zoo you want to see the animals, the same can be said about hiking, camping, or fishing; you want to see and experience nature first hand. When the sun is shining, birds chirping, and you go out to experience nature, one of the most disappointing things that can happen is that by the end of the day all you have experienced is tired/aching legs and bug bites from your hike.

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If you are anything like Joe and me, we are big supporters of our county park systems. County parks provide us with beautiful natural...

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Wow what a winter! It is like the children’s fairy tale “The Never Ending Story” instead we should call it “The Never Ending Winter.”...

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Have you noticed? It’s getting lighter closer to breakfast and is still light out after supper! The temperatures have warmed (albeit very slowly) but...

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This has been a good winter for those of us who love cold and snow. It has also been a good winter to observe...

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As we reflect on this past Thanksgiving holiday and get ready for the coming Christmas season, we want to begin this week’s segment with...

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As I write, the full Beaver Moon is dancing brightly behind passing clouds on a blustery Sunday (November 17) evening. Known as the Beaver...

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With school now well underway, this will be the last of our articles in our series of getting out and experiencing Nearby Nature. As...

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In the last installment of Nearby Nature we discussed the Portage Park District and the idea of one tank trips where you can go...

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We all remember the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, where the bears come home to find “someone has been sleeping in my...

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High school classrooms tend to follow a similar pattern: students arrive to class, sit in rows, listen to the teacher and take notes, memorize...

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As we make the transition from spring into summer, the wildflowers are fading, flowering trees and shrubs are ablaze in color, and the mosquitoes,...

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What makes a person care for and be good steward of the land? Connections with special places are a result of frequent visits over...

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By this time of year the seed catalogs, fruit tree catalogs, and various outdoor planting publications are all dog eared, paper clipped, or marked...

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Last article, we learned that those squishy, pink earthworms that we adore in our gardens are invasive and capable of dramatic changes in our...

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Since the inception of Nearby Nature, we have discussed many subjects relating to natural history, geology, plant and animal identification, places to experience nature,...

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Remember Fred Flintstone, he was always blaming poor Wilma for all the stupid situations he and Barney had gotten themselves into. Well, unfortunately Fred...

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In many of our articles we hope to give our readers a new set of eyes so as they can discover “nature” as they...

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Since mushrooms have been in the news of late, we thought we would try to enlighten our readers about one of the most unusual...

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We all know the three most important factors in real estate: Location, location, location. What stories can the names of geographic locations tell? Most...

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I can still vividly remember the first time I saw a coyote; it was at the gravel pit where I worked during the summer...

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Has this fall been more vibrant than others? The leaves have been changing colors since the last week of September and for the past...

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We all know there are no such things as vampires. However, bloodsuckers exist and you should be alert to their presence. They can be...

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Close your eyes and think back to a warm summer night, the smell of a camp fire, roasting marshmallows or eating s’mores; when all...

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During the summer months, our Nearby Nature articles have provided suggestions of favorite places to visit within 150 miles of Garrettsville (all right, some...

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Since the inception of the Nearby Nature column, we have strived to enlighten our readers with what is going on in the natural world...

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"May the trees continue to thrive and flourish on this earth, filling our hearts with joy and inspiration." -- Stephanie Kaza “Keep a green tree...

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We thought we would begin this article with a few of  questions….What bird has breeding grounds in the Arctic and flies to its non-breeding...

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Global climate change on your mind lately? Several days in the 80’s in March might cause you to consider its validity. Well, it shouldn’t...

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No this is not a B rated movie review from the 50’s, but a way to alert our readers that spring is well on...

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The word vernal is Latin from “vernus,” meaning “belonging to spring.” Vernal pools refer to any wetland that fills annually from snow melt, spring...

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Finally some snow! How does the old song go “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go”….well something like that. Since...

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The first frost of the fall occurred on October 27 at my house. This was considerably later than in past years. Since then, we...

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We have all heard or told childhood nursery rhymes, but what are we really looking at? Suffice it to say the sky has played...

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Recently my son was photographing nature by our pond; he photographed several different types of dragonflies. This got us wondering just how many different...

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As we prepare for the upcoming holiday seasons much of what we enjoy in Nearby Nature has either migrated, gone dormant, burrowed into the...

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Since mushrooms have been in the news of late, we thought we would try to enlighten our readers about one of the most unusual...