Writer, naturalist, educator and garden designer, Judy Isacoff has published in regional monthlies, weeklies and dailies as well as professional journals in the field of environmental education. She is a columnist for the Battery Park City, New York Broadsheet Daily and The Broadsheet and for five years contributed a weekly astronomy column to The Berkshire Eagle. A leader in nature study and curriculum-based gardening at schools in urban and rural settings, Isacoff is passionate about cultivating the sense of wonder through her teaching and writing. Her website: NaturesTurn.org
EYES TO THE SKY: Sun’s return north, lion springs tonight, planets for early risers
Our excitement with the quickening change of season, most evident in longer days, can only be equaled at nightfall when we discover the harbinger of spring constellation, Leo the Lion.
NATURE’S TURN: Befriend birds and you (and the Earth) will be happy
You can be a "citizen scientist" this weekend by taking part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, or simply learning more about how to protect the Earth's feathered friends.
Eyes to the Sky: Sirius, The Big Dog, and Thor’s Helmet
As twilight deepens, Sirius appears above the hilly Berkshire skyline leading one of winter’s most alluring constellations, The Big Dog, into the sky.
NATURE’S TURN: How mole plants found their way indoors for winter
Of my significant botanical liaisons, the mole plant (Euphorbia lathyris) is my current infatuation.
EYES TO THE SKY: Early nightfall and late sunup beckon to stargazers before days lengthen
Today and tomorrow, while observing Jupiter and Saturn in the southwest, turn to face the opposite skyline, east-northeast, to meet the great orb of the rising moon.
EYES TO THE SKY: Opportunity of a lifetime: Saturn and Jupiter closest tonight! Yours to see, outdoors and livestream
Outdoors, low in the southwest at twilight, planet Jupiter, a brilliant point of star-like light, and dimmer Saturn, now to its left, appear nearly inseparable to the naked eye, their closest proximit
EYES TO THE SKY: Jupiter and Saturn closest meeting in centuries on the 21st: Get ready!
For the first time in nearly eight centuries — yes, not since 1226 — this “greatest of great conjunctions” will be observable Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, coinciding, by chance, with the winter sols
NATURE’S TURN: Gallery of December garden-to-table pleasures
Piles of raked leaves, chopped by running through with a lawn mower, make premium mulch that, along with grass clippings, is easy to snug around plants and between rows.
EYES TO THE SKY: Full Snow Moon rises this afternoon, winter stars follow, planets delight
During the long nights that precede the arrival of astronomical winter on Dec. 21, we have the opportunity to observe the celestial harbinger of the new season, the constellation Orion, in both the da
NATURE’S TURN: Yields of sensational roots and greens through freeze, snow and balmy thaw
If the voles allow, the carrots will be mulched and left in the ground for harvesting through the winter or in spring — same for a row of parsnips. A bed of perennial green onions, commonly referred