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Terry Sprague became interested in nature at an early age. "Growing up on the family farm at Big Island, 12 miles north of Picton, on the shore of the beautiful Bay of Quinte, I was always interested in the natural world around me. During my elementary school days at the small one-room school I attended on Big Island, I received considerable encouragement from the late Marie Foster, my teacher in Grades 6 through 8. Her home was a short distance from where I lived and through the years she was responsible for developing my interest in birds. The late Phil Dodds, a former editor with the Picton Gazette, also a great nature enthusiast, suggested I undertake a nature column - a column I have submitted weekly since 1965. The column has since expanded to the Napanee Beaver and the Tweed News. Life has been good, and through the years I have enjoyed working with such nature related agencies as Glenora Fisheries Research as a resource technician, Sandbanks Provincial Park as a park interpreter and Quinte Conservation as a naturalist and outdoor events coordinator. As a nature interpreter, currently working from my home office, I now create and lead numerous interpretive events in the area and offer indoor audio/visual presentations to interested groups. Could one who is interested in nature have enjoyed a more exhilarating period in the work force?" Terry's website is www.naturestuff.net

Boix Elder Bugs

Box Elder Bugs Invade County

Box Elder Bugs.  They don’t bite. They don’t do any structural damage to your house. And they don’t eat anything inside your house including house plants, and they won’t harm you, your family, or your pets. They are just simply a nuisance every year at this time, as they gather in the hundreds on the sunny […]

Nothing to Sing About in This Hot Weather

Nothing to Sing About in This Hot Weather

A hermit thrush, a migrant in the Quinte area, but a breeding bird of slightly more northern regions, poured out his liquid flute-like notes two weeks ago from deep within the heavily forested area at Deroche Lake, east of Thomasburg. They have to be one of my favourites and it was a treat to renew […]

Wolf Shot In Athol

Wolf Shot In Athol

I am sure we have all seen those hilarious notes written to landlords that produced a different meaning from what was intended. “The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.” “I want some repairs done to my stove as it has backfired and burnt my knob off.” The person […]

Strange Sounds Coming From the Skies

Strange Sounds Coming From the Skies

There are woodcocks making weird noises in the fields behind our house that I walk every morning with the dog. I don’t see them as it is still quite dark with only a hint of daybreak on the horizon.  They seem only an arm’s length away as they produce their diagnostic twittering and fluttering in […]

Ma Bell Will No Longer Be Reaching Out And Touching Me

Ma Bell Will No Longer Be Reaching Out And Touching Me

I turned 67 late last year. Does this mean I am now getting old and crotchety? I was sitting in the living room last week, watching television and suddenly realized, I can’t do this anymore. This is all pure crap. The News is depressing. Country Canada long ago morphed into something unrecognizable. It is no […]

Fascination Can Lead To Intrusion

Fascination Can Lead To Intrusion

  It was about six or seven years ago when a small group of outdoor enthusiasts gathered around me early one night as I lured in a barred owl. We could see, first one, then two barred owls approaching, their graceful forms softly etched in the moonlight as they both landed in a tree directly […]

Christmas and the Dogs

Christmas and the Dogs

“Up Before Five – the Family Farm” seems to have been a success, if my few remaining boxes of only 200 books or so from the initial 1,000 printed is any indication. I attribute this to a general interest in nostalgia and that’s what this book was all about – looking back to a simpler […]

Protecting the Ribbon of Life

Protecting the Ribbon of Life

If it were possible to walk the shoreline completely around Prince Edward County, you would need to figure on setting aside a fair bit of time as the County shoreline is a good 800 kilometres in length.   At least two or three months of back to back full day walking would have to be reserved  […]

Read Directions Before Using to "Avoid It Fall Down"

Read Directions Before Using to “Avoid It Fall Down”

Fellow columnist David Simmonds who pens an often hilarious column in the Wellington Times, devoted one of his efforts a couple months ago to those directions, or lack thereof, that accompany products we buy. Often, as he pointed out, the directions or user guide will be very general in nature, and refer to several different […]

We Need To Support Biodiversity

We Need To Support Biodiversity

The owner of the farm near Stirling has had several offers to harvest the trees on his property, but he has declined each time. He has no issues with tree harvesting, and knows that responsible logging contributes to sustainable forests. It’s just not for him. His property, some 64 acres, is a retreat and he […]

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