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Connecting with Nature: Gallinules Growing Up

In January I was delighted to find a family of common gallinules in a Fish Bay pond near our house. These birds are commonly...

Connecting with Nature: From Frangipani Caterpillar to Pseudosphinx Moth

A month-long metamorphosis. Last year I wrote about the lifecycle of St John’s monarchs – from caterpillars to chrysalises to marvelous butterflies. Though of course,...

Connecting with Nature: Some St. John Birds Have Done Better Than...

Phyllis Benton’s January 15 report to the VI Audubon Society on the results of St. John’s annual Christmas bird count showed higher numbers for...

Connecting with Nature: St. John Traffic Report

Returning to St. John roads requires some adjustment. It’s not just remembering to drive on the left and handling the steep hills that turn...

Connecting with Nature: St. John Trees in Bloom

I was happy to see some of my favorite trees blooming in the spring, even though there are still many bare and broken trees...

Connecting with Nature: VI Audubon Society Report on St. John Birds

I recently had an opportunity to participate in a presentation about the state of the birds on St. John, along with Elaine Estern and...

Connecting with Nature: St. John Monarchs and Milkweed

It turns out we have local varieties of both, and need to protect them. When Angie Dunson and Michael Riska, frequent St. John visitors, were...

Connecting with Nature: VI Audubon Society Report on St. John Birds

I recently had an opportunity to participate in a presentation about the state of the birds on St. John, along with Elaine Estern and...

Connecting with Nature: Drama in the Black Mangroves

What a joy to see the great egrets again, chasing each other around in the pond below my house in Fish Bay. I knew...

Connecting with Nature: Familiar Faces in the Snow

The holidays have come and gone and I am still in New York City. It has been a long time since I spent a...

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