For various reasons I am getting more and more interested in the natural world. Part of it is an extension of my birding habit, which started about seven or eight years ago. Part of it is my girls, especially Roxanne, and their endless curiosity about everything - why different trees have different bark, where the bugs are in the winter, what dirt tastes like (hi Stella). At any rate, beyond my own backyard I am a big fan of Mass Audubon and its sanctuaries, especially Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Some nice birds, some captive raptors and a cool working farm with goats, sheep, cows, tons of chickens, pigs, draft animals etc. We visit frequently. On Saturday morning we saw tiny baby lambs, just born the night before, trying out their little legs and nursing from their mommy. As the parents of young mammals (and, in Abby's case, as a nursing mother) it was quite touching to see. And the chickens were cool too - I just love poultry. As something to watch AND to eat!
One of my current favorite blogs is The Urban Pantheist, run by a Drumlin Farm employee about his work and his adventures with the wild world around us. Last year he documented 365 wild things living in Boston, ranging from birds to plants to mold to rats. This guy is very, very knowledgeable. He also takes a picture every day at 3 PM and posts it, and sometimes it is of his charges at Drumlin Farm - the turkey vulture, the crow, an elderly turkey, etc. He's on the blog roll now. Check it out.
On an unrelated matter, I am so sick of matzah, and I miss my beer. I'm glad to not be a slave in Egypt, and to have been brought forth to serve my God, but I am just dying for a glass of Houblon Chouffe and a slice of pizza about now.