14 Natural Events in October

October is my favorite month, and I’m so excited it’s finally here again! In every day of this month there’s always something beautiful to experience with all five senses – it just makes me happy. Of course there’s the typical experiences: watching the leaves change, tasting the harvest, feeling the crisp air, smelling the aroma…

Polar bear vs Arctic robot

An adorable video was captured of a polar bear reacting to an Arctic robot. A nearby camera, as well as the robot itself, gained some rather amusing footage. In 2011, John Downer Productions for the BBC used three remotely controlled miniature devices equipped with high definition cameras to document the behavior of undisturbed polar bears…

Whooping Cranes, another victim of Hurricane Harvey?

Did you know that in 1941 there were only 15 whooping cranes left in the world? 15! It’s believed that roughly 1400 whooping cranes existed in 1860. Their population declined because of hunting and habitat loss which nearly pushed this beautiful, over-sized bird to extinction. Today, the wild flock has increased to a little over…

13 Natural Events in September

September – the seventh month of the old Roman year. By the Julian arrangement, it became the ninth month but still retained its former name. This month marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Nature is everywhere, and it’s difficult to put every event in one place. But some events occur so…

Solar Eclipse, How to see it, Where to share it

The best and easiest ways to view the solar eclipse without having to create something, and the neatest places to share your pictures when you’re done. Where will you be during the solar eclipse? Hopefully you’ll get a chance to go outside during that time, but how will you see it? We can’t look directly…

Lots of bees in my yard; I like it!

My yard is always teeming with bees, butterflies and all sorts of various beneficial insects. Yes, I said “beneficial.” And we do nothing to get rid of them. That’s not a complaint; it’s by design. I don’t want to get rid of most of those bugs – especially not the bees. I’m sure by now you…

Where has Amanda (The Nature Fan) been lately?

I’m Amanda, the “Nature Fan,” and I have been gone awhile. I took a year off from posting on here (and everywhere else), and I apologize for that. The original purpose of my blog was to write about my outdoor activities and curate other nature stories around the web that I found interesting. I have…

Have You Seen This Hummingbird Before?

I bet this bird doesn’t come to your feeder: It’s called the Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird. The male Booted Racket-tail is a spectacular hummingbird with metallic green plumage and an elaborate tail longer than the tiny bird itself! This streamer-like tail features two elongated feathers tipped with blunt blueish “rackets.” Females lack the long tail, but…

Webcams Have Been Updated!

The Webcams page has been updated! There are four new webcams for you to enjoy, and they’re all African Cams located in Central Kenya. Here, you’ll get to watch hippos do what hippos do best (and you too during the summer) — floating in the pool and basking on the beach. You’ll watch all sorts…

Is Biodegradable Food Considered Litter?

At this point, I’m sure you’ve all heard most of the information regarding Leave No Trace principles and strategies for limiting your impacts upon hiking trails and those upon your fellow trail users. As use of hiking trails — and the back country areas through which they pass — increases, all of us must be…

What to do When You Find a Baby Bird

Just the other day, when I went to get the mail, I found a baby bird sitting on the ground under our maple tree. When I looked up, I noticed a bird’s nest directly above where the baby bird had fallen and a very frantic mother robin flying around my head. I wasn’t the only…

Nesting Sea Turtle Update for Juno Beach, FL

The 2016 nesting sea turtle season is kicking up into full gear. The loggerheads began nesting in mid-April, and currently 20-100 new nests are being documented each night! The loggerhead nests are currently trending ahead of 2012 results (the previous high record year for loggerheads.) Peak nesting for loggerheads typically occurs in late June to…

The Top 15 US City Parks

In the midst of the teeming bustle of a city, it can be difficult to get out into a forest, mountain, or ocean setting when we need it. Fortunately, most cities have created spaces where we can still get the benefit of nature’s healing and soothing powers. Because of that, we are able to spend…

Charity Spotlight: Teton Science Schools

This week’s charity spotlight is the Teton Science Schools (TSS). Proceeds from The Nature Store will go to benefit TSS from May 22 through May May 28. To tell you more about TSS, I believe that in this particular case, telling the story of how they got started will give you the best understanding of…

Spring, Our Greatest Indicator of a Changing Climate

One of the greatest perks of living in a temperate region like the Mid-Atlantic is experiencing the on going march from one season into the next. The most recent transition from winter to spring is one of my favorites. Every year I am amazed by the relative speed with which trees come back from their…

The Return of the Cicadas, Brood V

The noise will be almost constant as the males assemble in huge “choirs” to sing and attract mates. They’ll hit windshields, annoy bicyclists, possibly damage young trees, and scare the living crap out of you by landing in your hair. They’re cicadas, specifically 17-year cicadas, or periodical cicadas, which have spent the past 17 years…

Red Knot and Horseshoe Crab

Deborah Cramer, whose beautifully titled Pulitzer prize winner, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey, celebrates the courageous — even miraculous — life of the red knot, spoke at the Library Society in Charleston, South Carolina on May 11. It was too far for me to attend, but I heard…

The Evil Practice of Topping a Tree

Melodramatic titles aside, good tree care is a serious deal. When properly cared for, a tree can boost property value, provide shade, shelter wildlife, and even improve human well-being. Bad management practices, such as topping, can turn an otherwise wonderful tree into a potential safety hazard for many years in the future. To tell us…

Charity Spotlight: Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a non-profit education and ocean conservation facility located on the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County, Florida. The facility houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles, and other coastal creatures. Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, salt water aquaria and displays of local wildlife, as well…

Watch Nesting Pelicans Live on the Pelicam

The Crab Bank ‘Pelicam,’ in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, brings you live video of nesting pelicans. Special thanks goes to Charleston Harbor Pilots, Stasmayer, Mount Pleasant Radio, and the SC Department of Natural Resources for making the Crab Bank Pelicam possible. Located just offshore of Mount Pleasant in Charleston Harbor, SC, within paddling distance of…