Category Archives: Backyard Naturalist

Bird Feeder Diseases and Challenges

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle  In early spring wild bird feeders have an interesting — and sometimes heartbreaking — challenge. As feeders become overrun with new birds migrating through our area and our ever active population of local year-round birds continue to dine, bird feeding stations are overrun with challenges. One of the issues that I have found most challenging is the recent influx of owls, hawks and other meat-eating birds to my backyard. There are no less than five different species of hawks…

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Big Year on a Budget: North American Birdwatching Tour Hits Lewis County

By Kimberly Mason A Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can see or hear the largest number of species of birds within a single calendar year and within a specific geographical area. “The Big Year,” from which the competition is based, is a non-fiction bestseller by Mark Obmascik. The concept is simple: three crackerjack birders seek to set the record for most birds seen in North America in one calendar year, traveling all over the continent in search of exotic…

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It’s Time to Get Out and Adventure

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle I’m an Adventurer. I like to think of myself as a capitol “A” kind of Adventurer, I always have. When I was a girl I would spend every moment I could outside, playing. On rainy Saturdays I’d stay in and watch old movies on my black and white television. My favorites were “Tarzan of the Apes” and Errol Flynn and his swashbuckling pirate movies. I also liked watching cowboys and Indians shoot ‘em up and lawmen bring justice…

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Seek Ye the Treasure

But: Remember to Use Some Common Sense and Ethics in the Hunt By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle At this time of year there is a wealth of beauty and an abundance of fungi, fish and game to be gathered from our local forests, fields and rivers here in Lewis County. The trees have begun to turn from green to gold. The river is teeming with treasured silver and king salmon. The forests hold a fortune in deer and elk for hungry hunters. And…

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Backyard Naturalist: It’s a Good Time to Give Birds a Little Extra Help

Editor’s Note: Outdoors Writer Russ Mohney died Aug. 31. The loss is staggering. His writing and insight into the outdoors of Southwest Washington was unmatched. We will be publishing his popular column each week in the coming months from his abundant body of work created throughout the past decade for The Chronicle. This column was originally published March 21, 2008 By Russ Mohney Today is the third full day of spring, and the season got off to an early start along the Chehalis and Cowlitz.…

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