The Nature Observer News, a natural history journal about western Pennsylvania, ran from 1992 through 2005.  It informed and entertained naturalists and nature enthusiasts with news, sightings and stories.  Each issue contained an almanac, readers’ observations, a monthly phenology and a calendar of events.  There was also a column of satire and humor by Will Trout.

The Nature Observer News had a loyal and an enthusiastic following.  They insist there is a huge void in its absence.   At the urging of the readers, I’ve created an on-line version, The Nature Observer’s Journal.   


The latest entries on the Nature Observer’s Journal are:

Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (posted July 7, 2013)

Where there’s Smoke (posted March 3, 2013)  

New Year’s Wish (posted December 31, 2012) 

Piping Plovers, a genuinely rare bird (posted December 14, 2012)

Day as Colorful as Butterfly Wings (posted September 5, 2012)

Hunting the Big Cats (posted September 5, 2012) 

Phasey Bean Blues, (posted August 17, 2012) 

Visit the Nature Observer’s Wood Warbler Gallery 

New photos added on May 25, 2012

  A photo gallery of Florida Birds,

                                 a Photographic Migration calendar for western Pennsylvania,

       and Waterfowl: ducks, geese and swans.

Look for charts, tables, checklists and study guides in the Nature Notes series.


Periodically, Will Trout will add another chapter to the Dimsdale Chronicles,  his serialized account of his hometown.  

Check out Will’s blog for his other work.   

Check the Nature Observer’s Journal often.  If you have any comments or 
questions, please contact me.

If you are interested in a Nature Outing or program, contact me at

Chuck Tague

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Nature Observer’s website