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
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Monday, 27 Jan 2020 - Forsythia, and many other woody stems. their winter buds fully formed, can be “forced” to flower any time after they have undergone freezing weather
Monday, 20 Jan 2020 - Now, stretched out on the skyline from west to northwest as darkness gathers, the great triangle is particularly impressive, but fleeting.
Monday, 13 Jan 2020 - A record number of eastern bluebirds, at 123, and 48 red-bellied woodpeckers caught attention, as well as hawks, including two kestrels, and 664 black-capped chickadees.
Monday, 6 Jan 2020 - At nightfall, orange Deneb Kaitos, of the faint constellation Cetus the Whale (or Sea Monster), is clearly visible to the left and above Fomalhaut.
Monday, 30 Dec 2019 - I muse that each of us might offset the carbon we exhale with each breath by the cultivation of plants – in gardens, on farms, or houseplants on a windowsill.
Monday, 23 Dec 2019 - The preservation of the world depends on each person’s recognition that in wildness is the preservation of a robust self.
Monday, 16 Dec 2019 - During this, the Long Night Moon, I compiled a list of gifts of enlightenment for readers that will, in turn, support generous gift giving to the Earth.
Monday, 9 Dec 2019 - Even though moonlight this year will overwhelm the light of many Geminid meteors, begin to look skyward every night at about 9 p.m., facing away from the moon.
Monday, 2 Dec 2019 - Works of art and education that stir and strengthen a community’s sense of identity between nature and humanity further environmental sustainability.
Monday, 25 Nov 2019 - As we approach the very shortest days of the year, the times of both dusk and dawn seem to belong more to daytime than night.
Monday, 18 Nov 2019 - I have been richly rewarded as gardener and artist for sowing winter wheat – which requires warm soil – as soon as beds were prepared after onion harvests and, especially fascinating, the rye that followed cucurbits and beans.
Monday, 11 Nov 2019 - The next Transit of Mercury visible in its entirety from our location will be in 2049.
NATURE’S TURN: Woodpeckers eat winterberries, worms eat cabbages, we graze on greens and sunflower seeds
Monday, 4 Nov 2019 - November 4 -17, 2019 Mount Washington — There, to the left, 20 feet above the ground, see a great bird with broad black wings folding into a V for landing, as a woodpecker would, vertically on the trunk of a tree. Yes, it is the pileated woodpecker! But the magnificent bird, a foot and a […]
Monday, 28 Oct 2019 - Grand Mesa Observatory in Colorado, under the direction of Terry Hancock, offers on-site and remote access to unpolluted skies.
Monday, 21 Oct 2019 - We were deeply experiencing the turning point in the season. We were immersed in and witnessing one of Earth’s great wonders.
Monday, 14 Oct 2019 - Let morning stargazing begin! The darkness of night, when all naked eye stars and constellations are visible, prevails until about 5:35 a.m. this week and 5:50 a.m. at month’s end.
Monday, 7 Oct 2019 - In his “Castle Street Cafe Cookbook,” Michael Ballon wrote: “Of all the food items grown in the garden, nothing is as different [from store-bought] as growing your own lemongrass ... Fresh lemongrass … is green and verdant, with a very powerful bouquet and flavor.”
Monday, 30 Sep 2019 - Avid observers, known as amateur astronomers (amateur from amour, love, lovers of) are also very social, gathering together in clubs, at star parties, around observatories and planetariums.
Monday, 23 Sep 2019 - I am more attentively following the flight of the bees, which are among the few insects around my garden during these days before killing frosts.
Monday, 16 Sep 2019 - The haze that more or less obliterates – especially in towns and cities – what would be a clear, awe-inspiring, star-filled sky at night, is slow to be recognized for what it is: a smog of light pollution.
Monday, 9 Sep 2019 - Harvesting, preparing and preserving the season’s crops, combined with ongoing care of the plants and soil, has reached a climax of activity.
Monday, 2 Sep 2019 - At nightfall the Great Square of Pegasus, harbinger of autumn, is sketched on the heavens above the eastern skyline.
Monday, 26 Aug 2019 - During summer months I broadcast crimson clover seed between crop rows. This beautiful plant not only fixes nitrogen in the soil – i.e., we grow our own fertilizer – it keeps weeds down and is a good cut flower.
Monday, 19 Aug 2019 - The summer return of the Dog Star is known as Sirius’ heliacal rising, an astronomical term indicating star rise close to sunrise.
Monday, 12 Aug 2019 - Melons and summer and winter squashes trumpet their yellow- to orange-hued blossoms and set fruit. Their leaves form a floating green carpet.
Monday, 5 Aug 2019 - Every year, from about July 17 through Aug. 24, planet Earth orbits through the debris field of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseid meteor shower.
Monday, 29 Jul 2019 - There is so much information to digest and respond to in the expanse of a mid-summer garden.
Monday, 22 Jul 2019 - He had unveiled a plaque affixed to the Eagle that bore the inscription, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
Monday, 15 Jul 2019 - Until last year, the imported cabbageworm – a soft, slightly fuzzy green worm – was the only cabbage-family pest most of us had experienced.
Monday, 8 Jul 2019 - All summer, Saturn will be visible at least until midnight, before setting in the southwest as the Sun rises in the northeast.
Monday, 1 Jul 2019 - In many area gardens, beds of early beets, carrots, turnips and garlic bulbs will be harvested between now and early August, challenging us to choose short-season and frost-hardy varieties for continuous planting.
Monday, 24 Jun 2019 - Whereas Altair’s magnitude remains constant going forward, Mercury dims and, of more significance, sets a minute or two earlier every night this week.