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<b>COLUMN:</b> What sets us apart from all other living things?

COLUMN: What sets us apart from all other living things?

We are storytellers, making us the only species on the planet that has been able to carry its history from one generation to the next, columnist explains
<b>COLUMN:</b> Change the clock, change the tires, put up the bird feeder

COLUMN: Change the clock, change the tires, put up the bird feeder

To see wild birds feed, groom, argue and roost just inches away, with only a pane of glass between you and them, is an entertaining education, says columnist
<b>COLUMN: </b> As human snowbirds flock south, snow buntings arrive

COLUMN: As human snowbirds flock south, snow buntings arrive

'Perhaps our open, rolling farm fields are a close equal to the rolling Arctic tundra they call home,' says columnist of birds who fly south to our region in the winter
<b>COLUMN:</b> Flocking blackbirds are autumn icons heralding change

COLUMN: Flocking blackbirds are autumn icons heralding change

Natural icons, or signs of seasonal shifts, have become a series of markers confirming that Nature has carried on, says outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Development pressure putting cats, small dogs at risk

COLUMN: Development pressure putting cats, small dogs at risk

Fishers and others of its ilk are being pushed aside by more and more human homes on the rural landscape, says columnist, warning it puts small pets in peril
<b>COLUMN:</b> Mice — little home invaders — are sure sign of fall

COLUMN: Mice — little home invaders — are sure sign of fall

Mice are a huge part of many food chains, notes outdoors columnist who explains that the majority of mice stay outside - despite what you might hear at midnight
<b>COLUMN:</b> Mushrooms impact 'everything that lives, grows here'

COLUMN: Mushrooms impact 'everything that lives, grows here'

Mushrooms can be used to clean up oil spills, aid in brain advancement and have a host of medicinal uses, says outdoors columnist of popular fungi
<b>COLUMN:</b> Sandhill cranes are once again making noise in area

COLUMN: Sandhill cranes are once again making noise in area

For reasons that aren't easy to pinpoint, there is a soaring population of sandhill cranes in the region, which is not good news for everyone, laments columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Basking turtles are preparing for a long, cold winter

COLUMN: Basking turtles are preparing for a long, cold winter

Did you know turtles exercise 'butt breathing' to get enough oxygen to live throughout the winter? Outdoors columnist has all the dirt on these unique beings
<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