Cold, Corns & Cones November 22, 2010
In many areas of the country, it's getting colder, and trees are becoming more and more bare. People are coming outside with more than just a sweatshirt on - I've seen my fair share of mittens and scarves on the colder mornings as people venture out, their breaths forming clouds of white around their heads.
But just because the amount of leaves on the ground are disappearing in recycle bags and mulch piles doesn't mean the trees don't leave other interesting remnants behind to collect, observe and get crafty with. I'm taking about acorns and pinecones.
Each acorn, sometimes referred to as oak nut because it comes from the oak tree, contains a single seed in a tough, leathery brown shell with a cup-shaped, textured top - kind of like a bowler hat.Read More
Indiana Dave and the Uncovering of the Stafford Flint Furnace November 22, 2010
"I'm a history nut," Frank Fogle, who's been a Davey employee for 15 years, tells me, describing how he tracked down his family history and knows his ancestors came from Russia in the late 1800s, and his grandmother was brought to the States by a U.S. colonel in 1954.
Needless to say, this guy knows his history.
But when describing a recent tree pruning job, he says, humbly and curbing his excitement: "It was just a normal day at work."Read More
Let it Snow! November 15, 2010
It seems to happen suddenly, even though I know the actual preparation and execution of the task takes at least one weekend.
But to the busy and casual observer, it seems swift.
One minute, the neighbors have patio furniture, a garden statuary, bird feeders, sand boxes, and plastic children's houses in the yard.Read More
Going Batty November 2, 2010
When I think of bats, I picture the large, black vampire bats with fangs that hang sleeping upside down from a belfry wrapped up in their wings like a cocoon. As night falls, they yawn and stretch out their wings creating a long, thin, black webbed structure and then glide silently through the dark air, spooking and scaring passersby with their teeny shrieks and glowing eyes.
Maybe this is just my vision since Halloween weekend is still top of mind - and because there are so many books and movies out about vampires of late. But since joining Jessica Hickey, a Davey Resource Group project manager and biologist, on a research mission in West Virginia this summer, and seeing pictures of a bat she was searching for - the small, brownish-grey, and endangered Indiana bat, which is just 3 inches long and weighs less than half an ounce - I can't believe I ever thought bats were scary. "Having a bat in your backyard is wonderful," Hickey told me.
Many times, when trees need removed in a large scale, it's protocol to call in an expert to assess various animal populations to ensure certain species or nests aren't being damaged in the process. In this particular case, a client needed to put in a new gas line across 110 miles starting in Monroeville, Pa. and going through to Charleston, W. Va.Read More