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, 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.
Monday, 17 Jun 2019 - Rows of vigorous fall-planted garlic have anchored the garden with their lush foliage, superseded only by perennial rhubarb that thrived even when its leaves were snow-covered on May 12.
Monday, 10 Jun 2019 - It will be about an hour after sunset, when the sky darkens, that unaided eyes will first observe the great planet above the southeastern skyline.
Monday, 3 Jun 2019 - From the rousing, quirky sounds and silhouetted flight of woodcocks in the late winter dusk to the melodious phrases and amusing spectacle of speed-walking robins on sunny, just-raked garden beds, the activities of seasonal arrivals have tuned our response to the swelling spring.
Monday, 27 May 2019 - While venturing out at nightfall to enjoy the asterisms, be sure to appreciate the Crow careening in the south and the full figure of the Lion striding high in the southwest.
Monday, 20 May 2019 - I bent over the sage and lavender, searching for new green leaves. They should have appeared by now. Yes, there was some new growth but, clearly, many stems had expired.
Monday, 13 May 2019 - In Greek mythology, the Crow, Apollo’s sacred bird, got into trouble that resulted in the god catapulting the offender and his companions into the sky.
Monday, 6 May 2019 - Even though my garden is healthy and productive, I periodically pursue various methods of soil testing.
Monday, 29 Apr 2019 - Even faint shooting stars may be visible in dark skies in locations away from artificial light. The peak of the Eta Aquariids is predicted to be before dawn Sunday morning, May 5.
Monday, 22 Apr 2019 - The warmth that thawed the wood frogs thawed my garden beds and gave rise to tiny leafy tops on half a dozen overwintered parsnips.
Monday, 15 Apr 2019 - While the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon walk – and we are continually awed by the results of space exploration since – it is sobering to learn that in 85 percent of locations on Earth, only a few stars are visible when looking up to the sky at night.
Monday, 8 Apr 2019 - Every day it seemed that the alternation of warm days and freezing nights would end; nights would moderate, allowing the ground to thaw.