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A Fawntastic Season

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I was with a school group walking along a field looking for common inhabitants such as insects or basking snakes when we were pleasantly surprised by a fawn! This tiny white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, could not have been more than … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Mediocre Amphibian

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   Frogs are the ‘golden child’ of the amphibian world. Their smooth skin, webbed feet, and ability to jump far has categorized them as cute. Heck, we even learn from a young age that if you kiss a frog it … Continue reading

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A Declaration of Spring

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A few of my favorite springtime activities include hearing the birds sing their heartfelt tunes, watching our native spring wildflowers begin to bloom, and listening to the spring peepers declare that spring is here. The Northern Spring Peeper, Pseudacris crucifer, … Continue reading

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Sapsucker Season

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February welcomes the sweet smell of boiling maple syrup. Sap flow throughout the tree is triggered by freezing temperatures during the night and warmer temperatures during the day. Most trees produce sap, but the sugar maple has a higher sugar … Continue reading

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Quick Entertainment

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January in Ohio has been a roller coaster month in regard to weather, dragging us down through single digits and back up to balmy 60s. Thank goodness for our feathered friends who bring energy and life to these drab days. … Continue reading

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Building Blocks of Riding PUBLISHED

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Building Blocks of Riding, an indispensable resource for riding instructors, provides a ready-to-use collection of forty effective, confidence-building lesson plans arranged in an innovative, progressive curricula.  These lesson plans will take the introductory rider from the first introduction to the … Continue reading

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The Ghost Tree of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come

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   December is a good month to appreciate the American Sycamore Tree, Platanus occidentalis. Most of the deciduous trees have lost their leaves, with the exception of the oaks and beeches holding onto crispy, dull colored leaves (marcescence).  Looking off … Continue reading

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Turkey Day

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How many of you partake in a Thanksgiving feast typically including mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie surrounding a plump turkey sitting center stage? It’s interesting to think about how folks celebrate Thanksgiving: tracing their hands … Continue reading

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A Whole New Meaning to Loving Parents

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When hearing the words “social insects”, most people think of bees and ants, but a less talked about social insect is the horned passalus beetle, Odontotaenius disjunctus. There are nearly 500 species of Passalidae, most of them living in exotic … Continue reading

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Purple Haze

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  Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) is one of the more recognizable plants, their purple flowers standing tall and magnificent in meadows, roadsides, and edge habitats. The clusters of disk flowers are like eye candy to humans and pollinators alike. Although … Continue reading

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