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Winter wasps

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Posted on Jan 04, 2018 in Outdoors

by B. Rosie Lerner In the dead of winter, we often find wasps on the carpet in our basement, but not always. Sometimes a dead wasp is on the windowsill, other times in a light fixture. We might see dying wasps crawling around lethargically or even attempting to fly. Like a lot of social insects,… Continue reading.

Deer Crossing

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Posted on Nov 30, 2017 in Outdoors

by JACK SPAULDING This fall, two family members unintentionally “tagged” and brought home a deer, doing it the hard way. They hit the deer with their vehicles. Both are experienced drivers who have driven in deer country for years. Thankfully, there were no personal injuries, and both deer were salvaged and processed. To help avoid a… Continue reading.

Sound the trumpet!

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Posted on Sep 25, 2017 in Outdoors

A pair of endangered trumpeter swans have successfully hatched an offspring in Indiana for the first time since modern bird watching records have been kept. The swan family is in northeastern Indiana’s Steuben County. Before 2017, sightings of trumpeter swan families in Indiana were limited to winter, with the birds breeding in other states. Trumpeter swans… Continue reading.

Sufferin’ catfish!

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Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Outdoors

Note to readers: Jack Spaulding, our longtime outdoors writer, is recuperating from complications from surgery and is unable to write his usual column. In its place, we present a syndicated column he wrote in July 2007 — but not for Electric Consumer — when he invited Electric Consumer senior editor Richard Biever and his kids to… Continue reading.

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Sharing nature’s harvest

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Posted on May 30, 2017 in Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding Indiana deer hunters and their families know nothing beats the taste of a hearty venison burger or equals the satisfying flavor of venison chili. Sharing the bounty of the field with others is a Hoosier tradition, and once again, Indiana deer hunters stepped up to the “plate” and delivered!  Deer hunters donated… Continue reading.

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The buzz about pollinators

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Posted on May 30, 2017 in Outdoors

By Pamela A. Keene If not for bees and other pollinators, the world would starve. Those buzzing honeybees and bumblebees, colorful butterflies and quick-darting hummingbirds have a huge job to perform: pollinating plants that grow into the fruits and vegetables we eat and the blossoms we enjoy. But to get a bountiful crop to harvest,… Continue reading.

Reintroduction of falcons a success

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Posted on Apr 01, 2017 in Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding The reintroduction of the peregrine falcon is a real success story in Indiana and the nation. Biologists have brought the birds back from the brink of extinction with nesting pairs across the Midwest. Peregrines are now commonly seen in special places in Indiana, but it wasn’t always so. Consider: • Prior to 1940,… Continue reading.

Mild winter brings up bulbs

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Posted on Mar 01, 2017 in Outdoors

By Rosie Lerner It’s not unusual for Indiana weather to have trouble deciding what season it is. Recent warm spells have had many gardeners wondering what to do about bulbs, and perhaps a few plants that are poking their foliage through the soil. Just what should gardeners do about daffodils, dianthus and daylilies poking out… Continue reading.

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Air-squirrel at the birdfeeder

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017 in Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding When I first installed my sunflower seed birdfeeder, I hung it from a single cable attached to a high limb and positioned the wire basket 42 inches above the ground. At that height, I knew it was safe from all ground attacks by chipmunks and squirrels. They simply could not reach the… Continue reading.

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‘Don’t shoot your iMac out’

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Posted on Jan 03, 2017 in Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding I remember years ago getting my first BB gun at Christmas. It was a Daisy downgrade of Ralphie’s famous “Official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass and a clock in the stock.” Like Ralphie in the movie “A Christmas Story,” I was warned not to shoot… Continue reading.

A ‘right’ to hunt and fish

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Posted on Dec 01, 2016 in Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding On Election Day, Indiana voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state’s Constitution. According to Ballotpedia with 99.9 percent of precincts reported, the constitutional amendment snared 2,390,883 votes. That was 82 percent of Indiana voters in favor. The amendment ensures the rights of the citizens of Indiana to hunt and fish. Section… Continue reading.

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Eating like the ‘ancient ones’

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Posted on Nov 01, 2016 in Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding Several years ago while on vacation in New Mexico, we discovered a new legume and a new taste treat. Spaulding custom generally includes a fall “bean fest” where we put a pot of beans on the fire, cook up a raft of cornbread and finish by foundering ourselves on sugar cream and… Continue reading.

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