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<b>OUTDOORS:</b> Life's a beech for these oft-overlooked wildflowers

OUTDOORS: Life's a beech for these oft-overlooked wildflowers

Keep an eye out for these relatively rare beechdrops, which can only be found in eastern North America, notes outdoors columnist
<b>OUTDOORS:</b> Daddy Longlegs belong in a class all their own

OUTDOORS: Daddy Longlegs belong in a class all their own

Known as harvestmen, these critters are not spiders as they lack the fangs or venom most spiders possess and they don't build webs
It's a bird! It's a peregrine! It's a duck hawk! Which name is correct?

It's a bird! It's a peregrine! It's a duck hawk! Which name is correct?

Adoption of more 'acceptable common name system' has led some confusion and a lot of name calling, so to speak, says outdoors columnist
Surprising discovery of nest leaves naturalist feeling a little 'snaky'

Surprising discovery of nest leaves naturalist feeling a little 'snaky'

Baby snakes come equipped with a tracking program built in, explains outdoors columnist of interesting little creatures
<b>COLUMN:</b> Slime mould can think and react like an animal

COLUMN: Slime mould can think and react like an animal

That blob of mould is actually millions of individual cells that can join together to create multicellular reproductive structures, or not, depending on their mood
Learning to identify poison ivy can save a lot of grief <b>(3 photos)</b>

Learning to identify poison ivy can save a lot of grief (3 photos)

If you do come into contact with this pesky plant, be careful how you treat it as some supposed tips make things worse, warns outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Milkweed, once a threat, is now loved and encouraged

COLUMN: Milkweed, once a threat, is now loved and encouraged

If you take a walk through a milkweed patch, you will quickly discover it is abuzz with life, says outdoors columnist
Mother Nature is taking care of those pesky caterpillars

Mother Nature is taking care of those pesky caterpillars

Did you notice hundreds upon hundreds of dead caterpillars on local trees? Our outdoors columnist explains what happened and why 'gypsy moth' term is out
Phragmites: the 'bad boy' of invasive species

Phragmites: the 'bad boy' of invasive species

Phragmites wreaks havoc on not only native species, but municipal budgets, too, columnist explains
<b>COLUMN:</b> When it comes to gypsy moths, resistance is futile

COLUMN: When it comes to gypsy moths, resistance is futile

These nuisances are here to stay, so we might as well get to know more about them