The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association (BHCWA), of which I'm a founding member, is dedicated to protect, improve and sustain water quality.
BHCWA is sponsoring its second annual scholarship essay contest for high school seniors, including those at Catasauqua High School and Northampton Area High School, who reside in the watershed and will attend college.
The winter of 2014-'15 was a mighty cold one. Last month was the coldest for average February temperatures (18.9 degrees fahrenheit, 12 degrees below normal) in the Lehigh Valley since Feburary 1934 (16.6 degrees). Spring, which arrives March 20, can't come too soon.
When I wrote this column, the overnight weather forecast was: four inches of snow, wind gusts up to 60 mph, wind chills ranging between 20 to 30 degrees below zero and drifting snow. My wife, Bev, after listening to this forecast, said she didn't remember wind chills this severe in the Lehigh Valley.
It's only been about a month since winter officially arrived, but it's been a strange one thus far in the Lehigh Valley.
It appeared we would be inundated with snow by now when 5.17 inches of wet snow fell Thanksgiving eve and the Farmer's Almanac was predicting a winter to rival the one we experienced last year.
The snowfall total was only 6.5 inches when I sat down to craft this January column. This total pales in comparison to the 20.9 inches of snow by this time last year.
I must be dreaming.
It can't be the end of 2014.
I feel as though I just transcribed my "Bud's View" Journal notes of 2013 Lehigh Valley observations a few months ago. Yet the calendar proves that 12 months have come and gone.
I looked back in my "Bud's View" column files and found it's been more than five years since I wrote about wild turkeys.
This is a good time for a turkey talk since this is the season when the main food staple at many family Thanksgiving dinner gatherings is a turkey.
A few years ago, my wife, Bev, and I were attending craft shows, street fairs and other events where we promoted our nature presentations, "Three B's Nature Programs," and our children's "Adventure Birthday Parties." We also sold homemade crafts.