Backyard Biology

Nature stories from my backyard and beyond

Nature Stories

About These Stories

These stories are not about facts. Though they may contain many facts - and as far as I know, they are true - these stories are about possibilities. Possibilities about what you might find if you take a walk in the woods or a stroll along the beach.
Facts are an ending. Possibilities are a beginning. People spend their lives looking for facts, and when they find them, they stop looking. They feel their journey is finished.
But facts, as we know them, change as our knowledge grows. By treating facts as possibilities, we question. When we question, we look. And learn. And find new possibilities.
So I hope you treat these stories as possibilities and question all the facts you read here. And find new possibilities of your own.

The Stories on this site:

A Child's View of the Snowy Owl
added Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our Native Daughters
added Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Raining Violets
added Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Red Maple Education
added May 1, 2014

Signs of Spring
added Tuesday, April 8, 2014

added Monday, March 17, 2014

Winter Fish
added Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Little Year
added Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wooly Bear Winter
added Thursdfay, December 12, 2013

The Digger Wasp and the Caterpillar
added Friday, November 1, 2013

Moths, Wasps and Germ Warfare
added Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Moths and Wasps
added Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Deer Flies Revisited
added Thursday, July 18, 2013

Horseshoe Crabs
added Monday, June 13, 2013

Weed Power
added Sunday, May 12, 2013

River Diary
added April 15, 2013

Don't Feed the Ducks
added Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Happy It Snowed
added Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hunting Bear
added Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wolf Trees
added Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Back Yard
added Thursday, November 8, 2012

Leaf Rollers
added Thursday, October 11, 2012

Guess Who Came To Dinner
added Friday, September 7, 2012

A Well Dressed Spider
added Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sex, Lies and Fireflies
added Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Solitary Bee and the Lady Slipper
added Friday, June 8, 2012

Let It Rain
added Monday, May 7, 2012

The Owl I Didn't See
added Thursday, April 4, 2012

Spring Peepers
Thursday, March 8, 2012

It's a Girl!
added Friday, February 17, 2012

Edible Houses
added Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mosquito Personalities
added Friday, November 4, 2011

Is This All There Is?
Added Monday, October 3, 2011

What's for Dinner?
added Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hitchhiking the River
added Friday, August 5, 2011

Rock Barnacles
added Thursday, July 7, 2011

Solar Energy
added Friday, June 3, 2011

Choosing Your Definition
added Friday, May 6, 2011

Warm-Blooded Plants
added Friday, April 8, 2011

Getting a Head Start
added Thursday, March 3, 2011

Snowflake Science
added Thursday, February 3, 2011

added Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Night Conversations
added Friday, December 3, 2010

Urban Legend
added Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dreams of a Moth
added October 3, 2010

The Oyster Bar
added September 1, 2010

Working for Clover
added August 3, 2010

In Someone Else's Back Yard

added June 4, 2010

Allegheny Mound Ants
added May 7, 2010

Stay at Home Mom
added March 1, 2010

Unwanted Visitors
added February 1, 2010

Nature's Ornaments
added January 7, 2010

Crown Gall
added December 4, 2009

Spiders Do It!
added October 27, 2009

Sounds of Nature
added October 9, 2009

Dive Bombers
added September 5, 2009

The Perfect Predator
added August 11, 2009