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Posted: November 29, 2014 11:15 am

So you have that new digital camera or even old digital camera that you love and are ready to put it to use over the holidays, or maybe just out on Presque Isle. Now what? With this short blog, I am going to warn you about the Boogeyman stalking you and your camera. There are… View Article

EARLY MORNING – – The day’s most alluring and tantalizing time

Posted: November 26, 2014 6:11 am

  What is it that makes the early morning sunrise hour so tantalizing and the outdoor world so alluring to most nature lovers? To my friend Brian Berchtold, it’s the time birds and animals of Presque Isle welcome the day and seem to pose for him as he kayaks the slumbering waters of the lagoons… View Article


Posted: November 3, 2014 9:09 am

  “Sand is a substance that is beautiful, mysterious and infinitely variable; each grain on the beach is the result of processes that go back into the shadowy beginning of life, or of earth itself.” Rachel Carson In many ways, the Great Lakes are very much like large fresh water oceans, but for two important… View Article


Posted: October 30, 2014 10:28 am

On Presque Isle as anywhere in the natural world, when autumn and winter approach, the dying and dead old-field weeds and plants are broken by wind and bent down by rain. The ground soon becomes littered with weeds, stalks, leaves and mostly unseen, the carcasses of many, many insects. This ground, whether in open fields… View Article

SAD days are coming! – – Can Walking on Presque Isle Help?

Posted: October 23, 2014 7:37 pm

  It is fall and winter is on its way.   When you leave for work, its dark outside.   Soon when you leave for home – – it’s dark outside.   These short days and lack of natural sunlight cause many people to become SAD.    What is SAD?   Seasonal Affective Disorder.   It can and does make many… View Article


Posted: October 15, 2014 6:16 am

  One of the most common misconceptions about backyard birding is that hardly any birds hang around when winter comes to visit us here in northwestern Pennsylvania.   However, experienced birders know that the coldest months can be the hottest for backyard action.   The key, of course, is that you need to know which birds… View Article

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY – – Tips You Might Like for Seascapes

Posted: October 11, 2014 5:38 am

    When photographing outdoors, whether at Presque Isle or just out in the country in the fall, you generally take the world as you see it, and you have little control over the elements.   Unlike a painter, what you see is what you get.  You cannot control the weather.   The terrain is what it… View Article

ALGAE BLOOM IN LAKE ERIE – – What will happen in the future

Posted: October 7, 2014 7:06 pm

    The problem of excess nutrients in Lake Erie and the resulting algae blooms have troubled both the public and the scientific community for many, many years.   Public concern, fed by events such as this summer’s Toledo water problems, has forced government to begin to finally respond with forcefulness after letting the problem quietly… View Article

Gerald M. Mc Williams to receive John C. Oliver Environmental Award at Sunset Celbration on October 10 at Presque Isle Lighthouse

Posted: September 28, 2014 6:16 am

On October 10 at the Presque Isle Lighthouse the Friends of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at their annual Sunset Celebration will award the 2014 John C. Oliver Environmental Award to naturalist Gerald M. McWilliams. Gerry is the author of six books and contributor to many others. All the books are on topics such as… View Article


Posted: August 22, 2014 12:13 pm

  When I first became interested in Presque Isle for anything other than the beaches and fishing, I expected that I could learn about nature out on the park. After many years of visiting and exploring the park, I now realize I never did learn about nature, but, in fact, I learned from nature. Nature… View Article

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