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Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me?

by Olivia H. Miller

The Bird Watchers General Store in Orleans is a local treasure. One of the first "everything under one roof" birding stores, it's a fun place to visit even if you can't tell a bluebird from a blue jay.

Mike O'Connor, who opened the store in 1983, knows a lot about birds. (His email handle is "thistleboy" for a reason.) Thistleboy, I mean Mike, gets a lot of questions about birds. Many of them appear in his popular column, "Ask The Bird Folks," published weekly in the Cape Codder.

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What's Happening To Our Environment?

In the second installment of this new column, where we explore issues that are not getting enough press time, we look at damage caused to Cape Cod's beaches by the Codium seaweed invasion.

Not all Seaweed is Created Equal

by Katie O'Sullivan

If you've walked along the south side Cape Cod beaches, you may have noticed a different type of seaweed piling up at the strandline. This seaweed is thick, spongy, smelly and bright green… and it's not even true seaweed.

Codium fragile, or "dead man's fingers," is an invasive algae from the Asian Pacific, first reported in U.S. waters near Long Island in 1957, and first seen in Buzzards Bay back in 1961. So it's not new. But it is a growing problem

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After She Hears the News

by Kim Baker

After she hears the news
she asks first for lilac
so they can cosset each other in sassafras shawls
sit zazen in the orange marmalade sun
chant the dialectic dialects of chickadee and wren

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