Honey-sweet july

Honey-sweet july

July is here. A brand new month — full summer from start to finish — and also the beginning of the second half of our annual journey aroun...

June 29th, 2017 |  


Father, son and the love of nature

Father, son and the love of nature

To characterize my father as “avid outdoorsman” understates and even diminishes the importance nature and the out-of-doors played in his l...

June 15th, 2017 |  


Gentle, generous June

Gentle, generous June

I’ll whisper you a secret of this morn:In ecstasy of nature … June is born!— Olive Waldron WarnerJune arrives and the seasonal pace ...

May 31st, 2017 |  


Finding the bull bluegill hangout

Finding the bull bluegill hangout

I caught a dozen bluegills the other morning.Pretty ho-hum news, right? Anyone with a fishing pole and a handful of bait can hook a practically endles...

May 19th, 2017 |  


May … hooray!

May … hooray!

All the world is glad with May — John BurroughsMay is magical. May is merry. May is magnificent! From poets to fishermen, bird-watchers to wildf...

May 7th, 2017 |  


Maddening, mysterious morels

Maddening, mysterious morels

Morel …Say the word to a mushroom enthusiast and their eyes light up. A conditioned response, like Pavlov’s dogs. They simply can’t ...

April 22nd, 2017 |  


Public meetings set for county’s mitigation plan

Staff ReportTROY — A public informational meeting to review the updated Miami County Hazard Mitigation Plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May...

April 20th, 2017 updated: April 22nd, 2017. |  


Listening to white-throats

Listening to white-throats

I was standing in the middle of the side yard, appraising the cheery yellow blooms of invasive lesser celandine. Their ever-expanding ranks now carpet...

April 8th, 2017 |  


Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Hooray! Spring is here, in both fact and deed!Last week’s passing equinox made it official. While clumps of nodding daffodils on the hillside, a...

March 25th, 2017 |  


Night thrills

Night thrills

The thin ribbon of sound came threading through the darkness. A sharp ululation—faint, possibly heading my way.I held my breath, listening inten...

March 11th, 2017 |