January 1, 2020

I’ve noticed that every particular profession or interest carries along its own language.  Being a educator, I can speak teacher jargon pretty fluently.  Being married to an educator, Andrea does a pretty good job of understanding most of the unusual words and acronyms...

July 18, 2019

Whiskey Point, described by Beaver Island Birding Trail as Beaver Island Lighthouse or Whiskey Point Lighthouse, juts south into the entrance to Paradise Bay.  The lighthouse and old Coastguard boathouse stand as a reminder to the island’s nautical heritage.  Only the...

July 15, 2019

Granite Hill Lake

I spent some time in northern Ontario last week.  It was planned as a fly-in fishing trip for Walleye and Northern Pike but, let’s be honest…I was birding.  Tim and Ken are my friends from decades ago and they like nature but are not particularly excit...

May 27, 2019

These are my notes for Sharpening Your Birding Skills presented at Beaver Island Birding Trail's "Warblers on the Water" event May 25, 2019

Sharpening Your Birding Skills

If you enjoy your birding, then you are a good birder

To which I’d add the caveat: IF your bir...

May 27, 2019

This piece was written for Near North Now (www.nearnorthnow.com) May 11, 2019

Spring Migration: It Comes In Waves

Terry Grabill from www.birdgoober.com

Spring migration is an exciting time for birders, it’s also one of the times that we all become birders, to some extent....

June 30, 2017

Our oldest daughter, Caitie, and her husband, Danny live on the prairie.  Well, not the prairie dog and burrowing owl prairie, but Little Town on the Prairie prairie.  Really...this is where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived and taught.  Ma and Pa Ingalls are buried ther...

June 24, 2017

I suspect anyone that's been a birder for very long has a patch...that place you know like it's your living room.  You want to see a (insert bird name here)?  Sit on this bench.  Oh, you're looking for a (bird name again)?  Stand here.  It's your turf.  You know what t...

May 31, 2017

Thirty-two miles into Lake Michigan off the northwest coast of Michigan's Lower Peninsula lies a magical island.  Thirteen miles from north-to-south and six miles east-to-west, it's not a huge piece of land, but it's big enough to be home to every terrestrial and aquat...

June 9, 2016

What a time to be a birder.  April and May are magical for their constant delivery of new arrivals and travellers.  

Andrea isn't bossy or demanding, but she has been subtly asking when the new blog post will be coming.  My past self was a comitted procrastinator.....

May 17, 2016

I did a Google search (I still refuse to use Google as a verb) for a definition  the word BIRD.  What I found hardly surprised me...lots of reference to the noun BIRD as a feathered vertebrate...or as one's middle finger (really?).  I tried searching BIRDING.  Okay, no...

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