Category: Ward Degler

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: Why I joined the Navy

My wife asked recently why I applied for a commission in the U.S. Navy when I had already spent two years in the Army. Good question. After all, I had served my country honorably...

Opinion: Invasion of the purple flowers

Commentary by Ward Degler It’s called lanium amplexicaule, but most folks just call it henbit. It’s that bright purple flower that has taken over the farm fields this spring. Henbit is an arable minor...