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Nature’s Ways: Joe-Pye Weed — Pennsylvania’s Tallest Wildflower
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Nature’s Ways: Joe-Pye Weed — Pennsylvania’s Tallest Wildflower
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
The tallest wildflower to bloom at this time, or maybe any time of year, is the stately Joe-Pye weed. Its domes of pink flowers are perched atop stems that can reach heights of eight feet. However, heights of 10 to 12 feet are not uncommon when growing conditions are ideal. [Read More]
Nature’s Ways: The Long-Lived Eastern Box Turtle
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Nature’s Ways: The Long-Lived Eastern Box Turtle
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
A gray squirrel or cottontail rabbit would be lucky to see its second birthday. A white-tailed deer is very old at age 10, and a rare black bear lives to 20. However, eastern box turtles can have a long lifespan — very long. Although no one knows exactly how long, many box turtles live to 40 or 50 [Read More]
Nature's Ways: The Common Day-Lily Brightens July Days
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Nature's Ways: The Common Day-Lily Brightens July Days
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Day-lilies are reaching full bloom and it is difficult to drive for more than a couple miles in any direction without seeing their bright orange blossoms. This sun-loving wildflower brightens up the roadsides during late June and July and it can be a good natural food. [Read More]
Nature’s Ways: The Baltimore Oriole — The Feathered 'Campfire'
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Nature’s Ways: The Baltimore Oriole — The Feathered 'Campfire'
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
A splash of orange and black and a cheerful, flute-like song repeated over and over from a treetop would be good indicators that a Baltimore oriole is nesting nearby. Mature male Baltimore orioles, the singers, are certainly a sight to behold. [Read More]
Nature’s Ways: Rainbow Trout – Pennsylvania’s Most Commonly-Stocked Trout Species
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Nature’s Ways: Rainbow Trout – Pennsylvania’s Most Commonly-Stocked Trout Species
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Special to The Gazette, Mark Nale
Rainbow trout are widely stocked in Pennsylvania because of their fast growth and suitability to hatchery life. However, they are not a native fish to our waters. [Read More]
Nature's Ways: The Blue Jay — Our Largest, Regular Bird Feeder Guest
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Nature's Ways: The Blue Jay — Our Largest, Regular Bird Feeder Guest
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Each fall when the acorns matured, one bird species would flock to the row of pin oaks in front of the high school where I taught. Their noisy calls, large size and bold colors made them easy to identify. Blue jays - sometimes a dozen or more — would come in at one time to feast on the tiny acorns [Read More]
Nature’s Ways ... The blue jay — our largest, regular birdfeeder guest Nature’s Ways ... The blue jay — our largest, regular birdfeeder guest
32 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Each fall when the acorns matured, one bird species would flock to the row of pin oaks in front of the high school where I taught. Their noisy calls, large size and bold colors made them easy to identify. Blue jays - sometimes a dozen or more — would come in at one time to feast on the [Read More]
Nature’s Ways: Yellow Birch Is Easy to Identify — Even in January
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Nature’s Ways: Yellow Birch Is Easy to Identify — Even in January
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Although birch trees have shed their leaves long ago, yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) still stands out as a unique tree in the winter forest. [Read More]
Nature's Ways: Northern Cardinal — The Christmas Bird
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Nature's Ways: Northern Cardinal — The Christmas Bird
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
If there is a Pennsylvania critter that represents Christmas, it must surely be the cardinal. Photographs or paintings of this colorful bird, often proudly perched on a snow-covered evergreen bough, grace many holiday greeting cards. The bright red plumage of the male against a white and green backg [Read More]
Nature's Ways: Shaggy Mane Mushrooms — a Tasty Autumn Treat
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Nature's Ways: Shaggy Mane Mushrooms — a Tasty Autumn Treat
48 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Mark Nale
Cooler autumn temperatures bring on colored leaves, archery hunting, spawning trout and scaly, cream-colored shaggy manes. [Read More]
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