Welcome to The Miracle of Nature – Celebrating Nature Near at Hand

Join us in our celebration of the wonder and beauty of nature. On these pages you will discover inspirational and educational videos, photos, sounds, and stories ... multimedia creations that will delight your senses, engage your mind, and lead to a greater appreciation of the natural world.

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American Robin – Harbinger of Spring

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The American Robin (aka "Robin Redbreast") is perhaps America's best-known songbird, easily recognized by its brick-red underparts and dark gray head, back, wings, and tail. A common backyard bird, the melodious songs of males given at the break of dawn bring back memories of childhood security and one's newfound excitement for life. Interestingly, the "American Robin" was named by English … [watch video & learn more...]

Water Speaking Water

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Water holds all life, residing both outside and inside, above and below. Mesmerizing and hypnotic, water is a gateway, a portal, an “open door” into a magical realm. Water is an artist and magician, forever dancing in the light, transforming all that it touches and all that it sees. Flowing slow or fast, or not flowing at all, water wraps around objects, reflects colors and forms, and spawns an … [watch video & learn more...]

The Snow Trekker – Jefferson Salamander

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Sometimes the rites of spring begin surprisingly early, when snow still blankets the frozen ground and ice still covers the ponds and pools. In hardwood forests from Kentucky to Vermont, there is an endearing “tailed” amphibian that emerges from his subterranean home during rainy nights when winter still grips the landscape, and willingly traverses snow patches on his way to vernal pools to breed! … [watch video & learn more...]

Spotted Salamander – Migration & Mating Frenzy

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As winter yields to spring and the ground begins to thaw, a mysterious subterranean creature stirs in forested habitats of the East. Aroused into action when rainy weather moistens the earth and temperatures rise, Spotted Salamanders emerge at night and migrate in mass to their aquatic breeding sites, truly a spectacle to behold. Breeding as early as December in southern areas and as late as … [watch video & learn more...]

American Woodcock – PeentMeister

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The American Woodcock is one silly-looking bird. Plump and roundish, it has a long fleshy beak (for feeding on earthworms), big round eyes (for excellent night vision), mottled leaf-like coloration (for protection from predators), and it bobs up and down when it walks (to the delight of all who watch). Ranging over most of the East (see map below), woodcocks are members of the shorebird family. … [watch video & learn more...]

Spring Peeper – Mighty Midget

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The piercing peeps of the Spring Peeper are one of the most well-known frog calls of the East, although most people have never actually seen one and some mistakenly think the peeps are being made by crickets. Only an inch long, it is one of the earliest frogs to breed, choruses erupting in ponds, ditches, and pools after the first “warmish” early spring rains, and then continuing for a month or … [watch video & learn more...]

Ruffed Grouse – Stump Thumper

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Among the most amazing rites of spring is the territorial and courtship "drumming" display of the male Ruffed Grouse, a chicken-like bird of hardwood and mixed forests in northern and mountainous areas (see range map below). Especially during the hour before dawn, the male perches atop a log or stump and periodically beats his wings into a mad blur, producing a series of very low-pitched … [watch video & learn more...]