My life is about living with nature – here you can live it with me!


First Monarch of the Year


Today along Red House Lake I saw my first Monarch Butterfly (CHECK) for the year!  The migration has just started moving through the Western New York area!


Nature Haiku – Bees

Queen Anns Lace

By Young Naturalist C

Black and yellow stripes
Buzzing around the flowers
Spreading the pollen

Woolly Bear

Woolly Bear
Wooly Bear

Yesterday I had found my first of the year Woolly Bear (CHECK) in the grass! These fuzzy caterpillars are regularly seen during the fall and spring before becoming an ugly moth . . . . Many know the woolly bear for the superstition of forecasting the severity of the coming winter by the amount of black on the caterpillar’s body. Hmmm does this guy reflect your winter?

Niagara Park Butterfly Conservatory

The Niagara Park Butterfly Conservancy

I visited the Niagara Park Butterfly Conservancy back in 2002 and enjoyed seeing these great butterflies up close. What I remember most was that the building was soo humid that I had a hard time capturing these pictures with my point and shoot camera (the lens kept fogging up). But there were turtles in the ponds and butterflies landing all over people.  If you are ever in Niagara Falls Canada . . . . you must visit this amazing place.

Photo Stories [Wordless Wednesday]

White Admiral with Bird Prints
White Admiral

Sometimes a photo can tell a story without using any words. Here is a series of Butterfly photos that I took and doesn’t need a description.

What Woodpeckers Eat

Downy Woodpecker

The woodpecker’s main diet is insects that are heard from under the bark of the tree. They will drill a hole and then use their awfully long tongue for pulling the insects out. The tongue is sticky at the end which is helpful in grasping the insect from the center of the tree. You can think of the woodpecker as a tree doctor removing the insects that could potentially do harm to the tree (that’s how I think of them)!!

Under the Bridge

Barn Swallow
What could this Barn Swallow be doing?