Nature Notes

Autumn Is Upon Us by Jill K. McDonald As September rolls along, so too shall autumn soon arrive. On Wednesday, September 22 at 3:20pm EDT (7:20 UTC) the season of autumn 2021 will officially begin in the northern hemisphere. It is on the equinoxes, both that of spring and fall, when the sun crosses the equatorContinue reading “Nature Notes”

Nature Notes

Goldenrod Abound by Jill K. McDonald As we’ve turned the page on our calendars into September, I can’t help but notice the changes underway in the great outdoors – all signs are slowly, but surely, pointing toward autumn. It’s kind of funny actually that on September 1st the air was distinctly cooler in the morningContinue reading “Nature Notes”

Nature Notes

The Great Monarch Migration is Underway! by Jill K. McDonald As we move into late summer, seasonal changes in nature are underway. As I sit upon my porch typing this article, mornings are definitely becoming cooler more often. The crickets’ peaceful chirping still graces me and birds sing in the trees nearby, as the sunContinue reading “Nature Notes”

Nature Notes

Leaves of Three by Jill McDonald “Leaves of three, let them be!” as the saying goes. This phrase is simple, yet can be very beneficial to remember to help you enjoy your time outdoors this year.  What is the culprit at stake? Of course poison ivy would be the correct answer. However, poison sumac andContinue reading “Nature Notes”

Nature Notes

Signs of Summer by Jill McDonald As we step into the month of June, signs of summer are everywhere in the great outdoors! Of course a tell tale sign is the daily temperature is warming, but the sun is actually shining it’s radiant beams and the cold-weather permacloud in southwest Michigan is gone!  If weContinue reading “Nature Notes”

Nature Notes

Nature Phenomenon Coming Our Way! by Jill McDonald Behold! An amazing natural phenomenon is about to occur! Witnessing the sights and sounds of this unique species happens only once every 17 years! Let’s get ready to immerse ourselves in the joys of the periodical cicadas! These magnificent insects will amaze your senses! As the malesContinue reading “Nature Notes”

Nature Notes – Places

Trillium Ravine Preserve by Jill McDonald Imagine stepping into a peaceful forest where the trees are just starting to bud out their tiny, tender leaves. Before you is a trail that has been lovingly trod upon, as indicated by the single path only wide enough for one person at a time. However, do not worry,Continue reading “Nature Notes – Places”