Children of Summer

Children of Summer

Margaret Anderson (no kin, darn it) couldn't have picked a better title for her exquisite book about Jean Henri Fabre, the father of experimental entomology, than "Children of Summer." And as far as I'm concerned, you couldn't pick a better book to introduce to your children—and entertain yourself—than Anderson's 95 pages of Fabre's observations.

Goodbye, Lake Abert?

Little known, and unfortunately and ironically, dying of thirst
Lake Abert is dying, if not already dead. But unfortunately, unless you are a limnologist, serious birder or just love Oregon for everything it has, Lake Abert doesn't seem to matter.

Hummingbird Moth Season Is Coming

Not villains, and not to be treated as such
It is that time of year when the emails and phone calls start arriving about moths: "Mr. Anderson (or Jim), I found this big green caterpillar about the size of a cigar in my yard—what is this thing!?" In some parts of the US of A it is known as the "tobacco hornworm," but around here—with the lack of tobacco plants—it's the "tomato hornworm."

Float Like a Butterfly

It's the season to count Checkerspots, Buckeyes and Swallowtails
For 28 years, my wife Sue, our family, and her team of volunteer helpers, have been counting butterflies in Central Oregon for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). The season begins with the Ochoco Count in late June, when the team conducts a day-long search in a 15-mile circle that includes Big Summit Prairie, east of Prineville, and then in July comes the Metolius Count.

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