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Nature's Path: Listen to the wind

Reading the wind is an art. The wind carries important messages in smells, sounds, debris and signs of change in the weather that let us know what is happening both near and far.

If you have been outside in the past month, you have likely seen or smelled evidence of the forest fires to our north. These signs were big and pervasive, and easy to notice.

The wind carries subtle messages also, if we listen closely. My birding partner Keith and I have been striving to improve our recognition of bird songs. This requires listening closely as well as looking for the source of the sound.

We have notic...