I have been recording the presence of wood thrushes for several years, but had not seen active individuals until one flew up out of the grass and landed on a branch, at eye level, only 10 feet or so from me on April 24th. I had my camera but focused on a mental picture so I could double-check the field marks when I got home. I’d have to say that was the most treasured sighting since my last post.
Source: Sightings in the holler: wood sorrels, blackberry, maple-leaf viburnam, lyreleaf sage, wood thrush – HollerPhenology
There’s been a leafy-green explosion in the holler since last week’s phenophase report. Even the oak family — typically the last tree buds to pop around here — have a few small leaves.
Source: Out in the holler: Wood Thrush, Hummingbird and lots of leaves to hide them – HollerPhenology
It’s wondrous to me how, on so many holler walks, my citizen-scientist-self — focused as it is on phenological details of another life — allows my citizen-philosopher (or some other self) to surface, revealing something new, deepening my relationship with that other being and with the holler as our common home.
Read the whole post: Earth Day and a drowned out March for Science in the holler – HollerPhenology
I caught this West Virginia White butterfly on a Foamflower yesterday, April 19th, 2017
Source: The View From Frog Pond Holler
The state’s GOP leadership tried to make the state more business-friendly. Now residents are saying their water isn’t safe to drink.
Source: Environmental Regulations and Business in North Carolina – The Atlantic
Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky’s electricity is from coal — the cheap energy source that helped build its manufacturing economy. Now it’s struggling to respond as more businesses want clean energy.
Source: Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables : NPR