Author: Ward Degler

Opinion: Can’t hear the noise

I was enjoying a quiet afternoon reading the other day. At least I thought I was. A friend dropped by and after a few minutes asked, “How can you read with all that racket?”...

Opinion: The wrens didn’t wait

There was an eerie silence when we came home. Three days earlier when we left for our annual family reunion the area around the front porch where the birdhouse hangs was a hotbed of...

Opinion: Things I didn’t know about wrens

There’s a lot I didn’t know about wrens. For starters, there are at least 80 species, including the house wren, Carolina wren, Eurasian wren, winter wren, Bewick’s wren, cactus wren, marsh wren, sedge wren...

Opinion: We have bluebirds again

Commentary by Ward Degler We have an odd assortment of birds this year. Along with the usual chattering flock of sparrows, finches, robins, cardinals and wrens, we joyfully announce the return of eastern bluebirds....

Opinion: My grandson was 25 last month

We celebrated my grandson’s 25th birthday last month. He brought his 2-year-old son down from Minnesota, and we met at my daughter’s home in Missouri. There was the usual ice cream and cake, of...

Opinion: Let’s talk about snow plows

Seems like a good time to talk about snow plows, what with winter nipping at the back door and all. Most mornings you can tell if it snowed overnight by the grinding of the...