Category Archives: general nature

Optimists hope frigid winter temperatures might quell bugs


Whenever we have a mild winter folks complain that mosquitoes and other insect pests will be worse. This past January we had some of the coldest temperatures in several years. People have asked me if that weather might have a … Continue reading

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Much of our landscaping has been hit hard by cold weather


Ever since the first of the year we’ve experienced strange weather in eastern North Carolina. A few days have been warm. We’ve even seen temperatures in the 70s, but most of it has been cold. Many folks have experienced frozen … Continue reading

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Feeding birds is a fun winter pastime


Birds will visit a feeder any time of the year, but winter is when we notice them most. Maybe it’s because they have less available food. Maybe it’s because there’s less leaf canopy to conceal them. Maybe it’s because we … Continue reading

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Cast iron plant is tough inside and out


I run into so many people who love houseplants but just don’t have enough light for them. It’s also difficult to find plants that will truly thrive in the shade outdoors. Cast iron plant is one that can do both … Continue reading

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The white-throated sparrow has always been special to me


I could listen to the call of the white throated sparrow all day. A while ago one of these tiny songbirds was serenading me and it brought back childhood memories. Most were summer memories as these little guys migrate. White-throated … Continue reading

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Loons are southern winter visitors few people notice


I like to spend a few weeks in the summer on Big Lake in down east Maine. At night intermingled with the ring of hungry mosquitoes, loons call to each other. I love that eerie sound. Loons are migratory waterfowl … Continue reading

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Turkey vultures are an important part of our ecosystem


Most people consider them nasty birds. Some call them disgusting buzzards. I love them and think they are one of the most remarkable birds in our world. They’re large docile birds that clean up roadkill and other carrion littering our … Continue reading

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