Maria de Bruyn participates in several nature-oriented citizen science projects, volunteers at Mason Farm Biological Reserve and the Orange County Senior Center, coordinates a nature-themed book club, posts on Instagram…
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Lately, I’ve heard a few people wondering whether something is wrong with Northern cardinals they’ve seen.
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Jordan Lake, a man-made body of water covering 13,940 acres, was made possible by a 1963 measure passed by the U.S. Congress.
For many gardeners and birders, a summer joy is watching the ruby-throated hummingbirds.
As a young girl, I learned that moths were insects that needed to be eradicated because they would eat holes into our family’s woolen sweaters and other clothing.
As summer begins, we should be aware the avian breeding season is not over yet.
Last month, I focused on the start of the birds’ breeding season; it is now well underway in our area.
You may have noticed that spring has sprung earlier than usual in 2023.
Birds that are mainly black in color are abundant at my feeders right now.
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In 2014, on a birding trip with the New Hope Audubon Society, it was my good fortune to see and photograph a falcon that I had not seen before.
While we generally see “flashier” birds during the spring and summer, late autumn and winter migrations bring many waterfowl to the eastern half of N.C.
Autumn is now in full swing with colorful leaves turning brown and falling from the trees that they helped nurture.
One of my favorite local reptiles is the Carolina anoles.
Late summer and early autumn are wonderful times to walk in woods and meadows.
Last month, many Orange County residents were alerted to the eruption of profusely blooming sunflower fields that were attracting both birds and people.
All life on our earth needs water to exist — plants, animals, and humans.
While birds are quite active right now with nest building, incubating eggs, feeding nestlings and then guiding fledglings, there are also other beautiful flyers to see when we’re out walking and sitting in natural surroundings. Butterflies like those above are especially popular.
The title of this month’s column might lead older readers to expect a treatise about old cars being used for an afternoon outing.
You don’t need to travel much, however, to be able to see quite a few different types of birds.
We had freezing temperatures last week, and we could still have a few more brisk mornings this month.
When a bird turns up in an area where its species doesn’t normally spend time — either year-round or during migratory seasons —many people will travel long distances to see it.
With the relatively numerous days of temperatures in the 60s and even 70s in the past 6 weeks or so, it seemed as if “real” winter weather might be passing us by this season.
As 2021 draws to a close and many of us enjoy a few free days, we may take outdoor walks, alone or in the company of others.
This week, the town of Chapel Hill is celebrating Arbor Week, culminating in a Nov. 19 ceremony where Mayor Pam Hemminger will read an Arbor Day Proclamation and accept the Tree City USA Award from the N.C. Forest Service.
North Carolina is known among birders as a destination for “hawk watches,” i.e., gatherings of people to see groups of hawks that are migrating south (for winter) or north (for summer).
A combination of abundant vegetation and some kind of water — a creek, river, wetland, pond or lake — is one of my favorite types of natural area to visit for wildlife watching…
When an unusual avian visitor turns up locally, birders tend to get excited. Many birders keep “life lists,” records of all the different bird species that they have seen worldwide…
This year, National Forestry Week took place from July 12th-18th.
This past May, I had the opportunity to experience both wonder and awe when observing two interesting insects busy with life events. While not many people aside from entomologists….
As spring progresses, we’re seeing more mammals on the move. Those whom we unfortunately see dead alongside — or on — roads often include members of the rodent group: groundhogs…
The Brumley Nature Reserves (North and South) are popular recreation sites for walkers, hikers, nature observers and birders. Springtime is especially nice when the birds fill the air…
Not only the emerging daffodils, crocuses, irises, camellias and hellebore flowers are announcing that spring has arrived. The birds returning from their…
The change of seasons “officially” begins on March 20, and we’re still waiting to see whether the continuing cold rains will make this the wettest winter on record in our area.
As mentioned in my last column, not only the evening grosbeaks came to North Carolina during this season’s migratory “irruption.”
If you know birders, you may have heard that this 2020-21 winter season marks an “irruption” year — a period when large numbers of different bird species migrate to places where they’re usually not seen.
Many people who love watching birds focus their attention on nest boxes in the spring and summer in the hope of seeing avian parents bringing food…
Among birders, people who are extremely focused on identifying as many species of birds as possible in their lives — and who will travel great distances to do so — sometimes are known as twitchers. The term is used more often in Europe than in the USA, but the behavior is known here, too. Twitching has a bit of a bad reputation…
The morning temperatures this past week have indicated that winter really is arriving, and we’re saying goodbye to autumn. It’s been a very beautiful season with vibrant yellow, orange and red hues.