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Baby, it’s cold outside but…

Baby, it’s cold outside but…

By Yvonne Kunz | …signs of Spring are everywhere! From the daffodils poking through the snow at the end of my driveway to the store-bought spuds sprouting in the dark under my kitchen counter, Spring is in the air. I was reminded of this as I put out my bird feeders...

The Lost Hamlets and Villages of the Sourlands

The Lost Hamlets and Villages of the Sourlands

By Gavin Mazzaglia | Abandoned shack in Hillsborough, right outside of the hamlet of Zion/Rock Mill. Taken in the fall of 2016Despite some of the names still being referenced today on the map, the many hamlets and villages of the Sourlands are often forgotten about....

Winter Birds

Winter Birds

By Yvonne Kunz | Cardinal and White Throated Sparrow. Photo by Yvonne Kunz.It’s early morning and I’m hanging up the bird feeders for the day. I hear my favorite winter bird singing in the trees. It’s a White Throated Sparrow singing his familiar “Oh, Sweet Canada”...

Crafting a Bird-Friendly Christmas Tree

Crafting a Bird-Friendly Christmas Tree

By Laurie Cleveland | When my kids were little, I always looked for craft projects to keep us busy on cold winter evenings. On a visit to Longwood Gardens, we discovered a bird-friendly holiday tree, and a family tradition was born. Crafting ornaments to decorate the...

Time for the Autumn Bounty of Native Seeds!

Time for the Autumn Bounty of Native Seeds!

By Cat Jackson | Have you always wanted a native plant garden? Now is the time to start! You can help the Sourland ecosystem and beautify your backyard this winter! Welcome to harvest season! Autumn isn't just for corn, apples, and winter squash. The whole ecosystem...

Spiders: Creepy Crawlies or Dream Spinners?

Spiders: Creepy Crawlies or Dream Spinners?

By Yvonne Kunz.Does anyone remember the old nursery rhyme that involves a little girl, a low stool, some runny cottage cheese, and a spider? Miss M’s reaction is pretty typical. However, my view of spiders, when they are not sitting beside me, is that they are...

Beauty and the Beastie: The Fabulous Furry Flying Shrimp

Beauty and the Beastie: The Fabulous Furry Flying Shrimp

By Yvonne Kunz.Some pollinators can be quite beautiful and glamorous, like the movie stars of the insect world. Take Monarchs and Swallowtails for instance. I never tire of watching them float from one flower to another. Even the diminutive skippers are sort of cute...

One of These Things…

One of These Things…

By Yvonne Kunz. Who remembers Sesame Street and the Muppets’ One of These Things song? I do. How does this apply to my morning walk? You’ll see. I was on my own that morning, so I took my camera along for company. It was a beautiful clear, cool day. The birds were...

Book Review: The Ecology of Commerce

Book Review: The Ecology of Commerce

By Dave Cucchiara Consumption, production, expansion – the principles of modern-day capitalism and how success is measured in our own free market economy. In that signature survival-of-the-fittest model we know all too well, the entity that extracts, collects, and...