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Program fosters Penna. native plants

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Foster parenting is a well-known program where couples or families take in a child or sometimes siblings for a short period of time with the majority of the children returning to their family of origin.

The children are acclimated to a safe haven where the foster families help the foster children cope with problems such as home difficulties, grief, loss of parent-parents and other personal difficulties.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Annual event helps scientists answer questions

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event drawing participants of all ages to count birds visiting their backyards and surrounding areas.

The GBBC gives a real-time snapshot of what bird species are found in specific areas. The results are sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y. The 16th annual count was Feb. 15 - 18.

My wife, Bev, and I have been participating and sending in our bird counts for about seven years. This is the first year that records have been accepted from anywhere in the world.

Rare birds of a different feather sighted together in region

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Social News

The popularity of birds and birding has been increasing across the United States, as well as here in the Lehigh Valley.

One example that sparked major media attention was the high-profile search for the ivory-billed woodpecker in Louisiana beginning in 2002. The ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird thought to be extinct, was last authoritatively observed in 1943.

A team of expert ornithologists, funded by a corporate sponsor, began searching for evidence of existing ivory-bills after a reliable sighting was made by a turkey hunter in Louisiana.

Woodpeckers of Jacobsburg

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Social News

The drumming of resident woodpeckers is a common and familiar sound heard echoing across our backyard and in the many wooded areas of the Lehigh Valley.

The seven Penn's Woods woodpecker species include the pileated woodpecker, common flicker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, red-headed woodpecker and yellow-bellied sapsucker.

Pa.'s fantastic Mr. Foxes

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Social News

The red fox and the gray fox are both commonly found within the readership area of the eight Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers.

Breeding begins in late January and continues into February. Foxes, although widespread are nocturnal, which allow them to live out their lives hidden from view. People are not generally out and about when the foxes are most active, so observation is usually limited to a chance sighting.

A mighty oak falls to Superstorm Sandy

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Social News

Second of two parts

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part column reviewing nature and weather in 2012. The first six months of 2012 were covered in the column in last week's Dec. 26 and 27 Focus section.

July

July was very hot. I had rotator cuff surgery in mid-June and I suffered through the July heat waves. The house where my wife, Bev, and I live does not have air conditioning. Our property's mature tree species cast their summer shade to keep us cool. That's our natural air conditioning.

A mighty oak falls to Superstorm Sandy

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Social News

Second of two parts

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part column reviewing nature and weather in 2012. The first six months of 2012 were covered in the column in last week's Dec. 26 and 27 Focus section.

July

July was very hot. I had rotator cuff surgery in mid-June and I suffered through the July heat waves. The house where my wife, Bev, and I live does not have air conditioning. Our property's mature tree species cast their summer shade to keep us cool. That's our natural air conditioning.

Nature and critters warmed up to 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

A recent newspaper article stated that 2012 gasoline prices will almost certainly set the record for the highest average price for a single year. Other news reports predicted a record-setting year.

I'm, however, convinced that 2012 will set the record as the fastest-passing year on record.

Each year appears to go by faster than the previous one and before I know it I find myself browsing through my yearly journal and skimming my columns to summarize what has transpired during the year.

Deer and motor vehicles a deadly mix

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Most outdoors-oriented individuals have accidently startled a white-tailed deer from its bedding or feeding area while he or she is out hiking or participating in other Keystone State outdoors activities.

If you did not see the deer fleeing from sight, you've probably seen the deer's white tail flashing in the distance. The tail is raised and waved as a deer runs and the tail is also flashed by the deer as a warning when danger is sensed.

Tending the canal

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Walnutport Canal Association a dedicated group

The locktender's house in Walnutport, Lehigh Township, Northampton County, is one of only two original stone locktender's houses along the Lehigh Canal. The other one is in Freemansburg, Northampton County. There are several privately-owned frame locktenders' houses.

The Walnutport Canal Association, which runs the Walnutport Canal Museum at the locktender's house, restored four miles of the Lehigh Navigation Canal Towpath and one-quarter mile of wooded trails in the Earl F. Snyder Canal Park, where an annual canal festival is held.