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Danger: Thin Great Lakes Ice

2/7/2012 // By Melinda Koslow

Great Lakes Ice Cover All of us in the Great Lakes region (and perhaps other regions also) are either enjoying or fretting over what is such a mild winter. Air temperatures remain above average and snowfall amounts are very small. […] Read more >

Cherry blossoms in the Washington, DC area captured on February 4, 2012 (Kelly Senser)

Wildlife Finding the Warm Winter Rather Bewildering

2/6/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

  Punxsutawney Phil might think we have 6 more weeks of winter, but the geese, daffodils, and mosquitoes have a different idea. Across the continental United States, people are noticing that it’s been unseasonably warm this winter. My colleague Tony Iallonardo […] Read more >

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6 Gifts Birds are “Tweeting” about this Holiday Season

11/26/2011 // By Anne Senft

Attract more birds to your backyard this holiday season by providing them the things they need most. Read more >

Backyard Wonderland

10/29/2011 // By Kelly Senser

Though the winter season is weeks away, we were offered a taste of it today. Such put me in a musical mood. This song, sung to the tune of “Winter Wonderland,” is dedicated to my Be Out There friends. When […] Read more >

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This Just In: GAHHH THUNDERSNOW!

2/3/2011 // By Miles Grant

Are you a weather geek like me? Then you have to watch this video of the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore absolutely losing his mind with excitement about thundersnow in Chicago during this week’s Midwest storm: In defense of Jim’s wig-out, […] Read more >

Midwest snowstorm (via Flickr's NASA Goddard Photo & Video)

18-Foot-High Ice Waves Pound Chicago: Totally Normal?

2/1/2011 // By Miles Grant

Update 3:02pm: My colleague Patrick Fitzgerald points out this post is now inaccurate – the forecast has now been upgraded to call for 25-foot ice waves. Hey Iceman, surf’s up! Here’s the thing about people who deny 2010 was tied […] Read more >

Photo Credit: Flickr's Californian Em

Looking for An Excuse to Party? Here is a Squirrely One

1/18/2011 // By Mary Burnette

Celebrate National Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, 2011 by giving these furry friends something to munch on as they scrounge for winter food sources. Read more >

A brook cuts through a winter landscape by John J. Stier

10 Comments about Winter from Henry David Thoreau

1/6/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Winter is here, as residents in various snowy, icy, frozen parts of the nation have noticed. For many people it is a bleak season, with the first day of winter marked by the longest night of the year.  But there […] Read more >

Downtown Syracuse, NY (via Flickr's GKS.)

Lake Ontario, Justin Bieber & You: A Guide to Global Warming & Lake Effect Snow

12/16/2010 // By Miles Grant

If global warming is accelerating, how can Syracuse’s snowfall be breaking records? Read more >

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Magazine Readers Report Hummingbird Sightings

12/15/2010 // By Kelly Senser

After Pat Neuhaus read in the December/January issue of National Wildlife that out-of-range-and-season sightings of hummingbirds are becoming increasingly common, he put out his sugar-water feeders. The next day, a hummingbird arrived in his South Carolina yard. “I hope to […] Read more >