What is the comfort in the return to something familiar? Why does it feel good to return to what we know, what we like, what we expect, what w…

They’re out of hibernation and back in circulation. Bears are roaming again, and if you’re unlucky or untidy in the matters of garbage and bir…

I spent most of the winter complaining to anyone who would listen — including all you readers — about the almost total absence of birds in my …

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Knowing I’m not invited, I attempt to stay on the edges, blend in where I can, and always be quiet. I am the interloper here in the dimness of dawn.

Since I wrote last week’s column, most of the snow has melted along the South Shore and signs of spring are everywhere. The robins who were be…

MADISON — Frogs will soon begin chorusing throughout Wisconsin and the Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to lend their…

The swamp is about 300 yards away, down the street hill and across the highway. Shaped like a piece of pie, it stretches for about a quarter o…

Call me old-fashioned, but I still use a wall calendar to keep track of schedules and appointments. I find it more convenient to be able to gl…

The ruby-throated hummingbird showing up at your nectar feeder in May was sighted March 14 in Texas. It’s 6 weeks away from here, but it’s a start.

It’s March, people, and that means it’s time to get those last winter activities in and at the same time dust off all the spring and summer st…

By the time this goes to print, we’ll be at the end of two weeks of below-zero weather.

Man, it’s a cold fright. Like seven inches from the polar vortex tonight. I look out the dining room window at the vehicle of sun, fun and sum…

There’s life in the dead and dread of winter this morning. It’s cold — I’m seeing 22 degrees below — but there’s feathered and four-legged mov…