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
A Day in the Life of a Red Maple Leaf October 28, 2010
This is my time to shine.
I've been pumped with chlorophyll and have been using the sun's energy to make simple sugars from water and carbon dioxide all spring and summer long. These carbohydrates have helped me and my siblings grow and survive windy days on these branches that we call home. This is a good thing, too, since some of us can get a little leery of heights until we feel strong enough.
It's been one of my better years. Mother Nature has been good to me and I've had a long and wonderful summer.Read More
"Fall" ing for Red Maples October 28, 2010
Golden branches bursting in front of deep, dense evergreen spikes as if circled in sun-kissed halos.
Lacy masses of celadon shining amidst dark grayish-brown trunks.
Leaves in the freshest shades of carrot and deepest shades of pumpkin turning heads as much for their ginger sparkle as their soft rustling in the wind.Read More
Trucks, Trees and Bears, Oh My! October 19, 2010
One can't think of Yellowstone National Park without thinking about bears.
But not the soft, fuzzy, cuddly variety my daughter loves. We're talking full-grown bears that can stand 6 feet tall and top 600 pounds.
Luckily, their favorite foods are nuts from white bark pine cones - not Davey arborists.Read More