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Column: Unusual bird sighting while birding in the desert
I am working in Wickenburg this week as the coordinator for a Northern Arizona University sponsored Road Scholar program.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Column: Is the birdseed you use GMO?
Earlier this week, I received an email that read as follows, "I want to provide wildlife with good, natural food and I am adamantly opposed to buying or distributing GMOs.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Column: Cassin's finches arrive in big numbers
Back in November and December, when I was doing some scouting in my assigned Christmas Bird Count area, I was seeing groups of Cassin's finches on a regular basis in Granite Basin.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Column: Nesting activity by migratory birds protected by law
Earlier this week I was invited to speak at a HOA meeting for one of the communities in Prescott Lakes.
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Column: Wet weather creates bird feeding challenges
Monday's storm was just what we needed. After several weeks with no precipitation, we were due for a good soaking. When I got off work, I headed straight for Watson Lake and Granite Creek to see what impact the storm had.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Great backyard bird count results
Jay's Bird Barn led bird walks this past Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14, to several homes as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Column: Hummingbird arrivals indicate it's time to put out feeders
As I have been out hiking this past week, I have been hearing Bewick's wrens singing everywhere I have been.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Column: Birdhouse do's and don'ts
Home-owners living in areas where there are few trees will quickly discover that there are not very many cavity-nesting birds on their property.
Friday, February 06, 2015

Column: Hikes in the Prescott area yield variety of bird sightings
This past Thursday I hiked the Willow Lake trail, which, as a bird flies, isn't far from the Prescott airport. As usual, I had my binoculars with me, for which I was grateful, as I saw an osprey!
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Column: Get off the couch and take advantage of warm weather
This past week I got off the couch and took advantage of the amazing weather we are having.
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Column: Birdfeeding 101: Quality food gets better results
Buying birdseed seems simple enough - you can buy it practically anywhere - at the grocery store, drug store, hardware store, feed store, big box store and at discount stores.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Column: Use eBird to keep track of your bird sightings
While I consider myself to be fairly organized, one thing I have struggled with over the years is keeping a good record of the birds I have seen.
Thursday, January 08, 2015

Column: Each year is a chance to add birds to 'life list'
I started 2014 by taking a solo birding trip to Cameron, Arizona on New Year's Day.
Thursday, January 01, 2015

Naturalist certification program open to nature lovers
If you are someone who is passionate about the natural world and wants to learn more about your local surroundings, the Highlands Center's naturalist certification program offers you that opportunity.
Thursday, January 01, 2015

Tempt your sweetie with chocolate treats
For many people, chocolate is always in season and they don't need a reason to buy it or bake it! But since Valentine's Day is approaching, here are several recipes from the delightful bean.
Friday, February 05, 2010

Fruitful hints for tree-planting
The definition of a bare-root plant is one that has been grown in a field, lifted from the field with no dirt left clinging to its roots, and shipped to market in that condition. Hence the name bare-root.
Friday, February 05, 2010

Gardening tips for newcomers to the area
Most of us have had gardens in places where the soil is rich, its pH perfectly balanced, where the climate is blessed with consistent rainfall, gentle sun, and plant-coddling humidity. Mountain soil and climate present the opposite of such ideal gardening conditions.
Friday, January 29, 2010

It's time to think about seedlings
Garden Alert! Heavy snow is breaking branches off of juniper, pine, spruce, and cypress evergreens. Also being damaged are tall broad leafs like photinia, magnolia and Silverberry.
Friday, January 22, 2010

Use what you have on-hand
Just about everywhere you look this month it is all about organizing. From a kitchen standpoint, a well-organized pantry can serve you well. It can mean using what you have on hand, saving trips to the store, less impulse-buying, etc.
Friday, January 22, 2010

It's that time - time to prune
The New Year opens the door on that window of time to cut back ornamental grasses, trees and perennial shrubs. If left unpruned, plants can become overgrown, unruly and downright ugly.
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Friday, January 15, 2010


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