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    Salt Lick

    Welcome to the Nature Notebook. Spend much time outside on a sultry summer day and you might discover a hitchhiker on your exposed skin. It is most likely a common eastern sweat bee. These tiny bees, as their name implies, are attracted to the salt in human perspiration. This salt is a delicacy to these […]

  • katydid

    Did she?

    Welcome to the Nature Notebook. Imagine looking like a leaf with oval, green wings, ears on your front legs and singing by rubbing your front wings together. That description fits true katydids, relatives of grasshoppers and crickets that spend most of their time in trees, shrubs or fields. They are usually heard but not seen. […]

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    Flashing Wings

    Welcome to the Nature Notebook. The flash of light against a dark background is not only startling, but also attracts attention. This conspicuous show is used by a band-winged grasshopper taking flight. Leathery outer wings that normally cover a second set of wings draw back exposing dark wings with cream-colored edges. The flash of the […]

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    Stylish Snakeskin

    Welcome to the Nature Notebook. Take some dried grasses, add bits of moss, some leaves, twigs,  a pinch of hair or fur, a few feathers, some bark, cloth or paper and build a nest. Then add the pièce de résistance: a shed snakeskin. That’s how a female great crested flycatcher builds her nest. When snakeskins […]

  • Stream

    Water Music

    Welcome to the Nature Notebook. Late June typically brings muggy weather, but escape to a creek deep in the forest and you are in another world. The stream is alive with its own music. It burbles and bubbles a gurgling sound as it splishes and splashes over and around gray-brown and moss green rocks. The […]


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