Tag Archives: Michael J. Caduto

A dragon devours the sun
The Outside Story
August 16, 2017

A dragon devours the sun

By Michael J. Caduto

More than 3,000 years ago, the Chinese believed that a dragon ate the sun during a solar eclipse, so they gathered outdoors to drive away the beast by beating pots, pans and drums. Some 500 years later, the Greek poet Archilochus…

“Beaver duck”: the adaptable hooded merganser
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March 22, 2017

“Beaver duck”: the adaptable hooded merganser

By Michael J. Caduto

Imagine ten nearly round white eggs snug in a hollow tree, lined with soft feathers plucked from the mother’s breast. The hen carefully tends the 2-inch eggs for about a month until the chicks hatch. Prompted by their mother’s call, downy…

Fall Peepers
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September 28, 2016

Fall Peepers

By Michael J. Caduto We like to think that everything in nature has its own particular time and place. But nature is fond of throwing us curves. As a naturalist, a common question I’m asked during foliage season is, “Why are spring peepers calling in…

Snakes and toads provide garden pest control
The Outside Story
September 8, 2015

Snakes and toads provide garden pest control

By Michael J. Caduto

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are among the most effective forms of pest control. If you tolerate these herpetological visitors–or better yet,…

The Outside Story: Eat your weedies
The Outside Story
May 27, 2015

The Outside Story: Eat your weedies

By Michael J. Caduto

In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote “Stalking the Wild Asparagus” and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since that time, gathering wild edibles has become increasingly popular, and in our region, woods-grown delicacies such…