Top Ten

After reading Seabrooke’s post about her most popular posts for 2009, I decided to check my WordPress stats, just for the heck of it… Here are the top ten searches that drove people to my blog over the 365 days ending today (January 16, 2010).  The number in parentheses is the number of searches. currant […]


Linda in Erie asked about yesterday’s post – “How do you tell the difference between sumac and poison sumac?” Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) Both Staghorn Sumac and Smooth Sumac have toothed leaflets. Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) In Poison Sumac, the leaflet is entire. By the way… Poison Sumac (and Ivy and Oak) used to be […]

Poison Ivy-Oak-Sumac

More than once, while leading a group at Audubon, I have been involved in an exchange that goes something like this: Kid:  “I’ve had poison ivy before.” Mom:  “No, honey, I think you had poison oak.” Me:  “Did you get it around here?” Kid:  “Yeah.  In my back woods.” Me:  “Then it was poison ivy, […]