My benchmark for the onset of spring follows neither the facts of planetary motion, nor the predictions of a rodent. In my mind, spring starts when the daily average high temperature begins to increase after bottoming out in late January. By using this ruler, my favorite part of the year, spring, is lengthened.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2008
It’s the seventh inning stretch on a warm night at PNC Park. The sun has gone down, and the bright lights of baseball illuminate the summer sky. Downtown buildings glow across the river: Federated, Highmark, UPMC, the arched alcove of the Renaissance Hotel.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2011
  • Sub Heading Debugging the summer sky
The Christmas hunt was long a holiday tradition. Armed with rifles and shotguns, Christmas guests would choose teams for a “side hunt” and fan out over field, woodland and riverbank. Winners bagged the largest number of birds.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading Birding as a holiday tradition
An avian chorus is warming up, a spring concert that begins with a quiet movement and builds to a wild paean to the dawn that almost bounces us out of our beds. Take some time to listen to the growing swell of sound, and since there is usually a relationship, note the habitat…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Cue the music
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