Bill Felker

Host - Poor Will's Almanack

Bill Felker has been writing nature columns and almanacs for regional and national publications since 1984. His Poor Will’s Almanack has appeared as an annual publication since 2003. His organization of weather patterns and phenology (what happens when in nature) offers a unique structure for understanding the repeating rhythms of the year.

Exploring everything from animal husbandry to phenology, Felker has become well known to farmers as well as urban readers throughout the country.  He is an occasional speaker on the environment at nature centers, churches and universities, and he has presented papers related to almanacking at academic conferences, as well. Felker has received three awards for his almanac writing from the Ohio Newspaper Association. "Better writing cannot be found in America's biggest papers," stated the judge on the occasion of Felker’s award in 2000.

Currently, Bill Felker lives with his wife in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He has two daughters, Jeni, who is a psychologist in Portland, Oregon, and Neysa, a photographer in Spoleto, Italy.

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8:45 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: June 12 - 18, 2012

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the fourth week of early summer.

A few days ago, I received a letter from Jeffery Goss, a correspondent of mine who lives in Missouri.

"This spring has rattled everything I thought I knew about phenological time measurements," wrote Jeffery. "For example, in March, zeitgebers came three to four weeks early and not even in the right order. Maybe it's climate change."

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8:45 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: June 5 - 11, 2012

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the third week of early summer.

The orange flowers of the day lily are the signature of early summer across the nation's midsection. With them come waves of parallel seasons.

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Nature
8:45 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: May 29 - June 4, 2012

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the second week of Early Summer.

 

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Environment
10:56 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: May 22 - 28, 2012

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Poor Will's Almanack for the First Week of Early Summer.

The other day I was digging in the garden, had worked up a sweat and was resting in the shade of the back porch, sipping a glass of iced tea.

Sparrows were chirping steadily in the honeysuckle bushes nearby, the sky was clear blue, and a light west wind was moving the high trees.

My pulse was up from the garden work, and as I rested, I checked my heartbeat with the second hand of my wristwatch, 75 beats a minute.

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10:24 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: May 15 - 21, 2012

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the fourth week of Late Spring.

In the middle of this past January, I set twenty-five geranium seeds in a flat of moist potting soil and placed them under a growlight in the attic. Eighteen sprouts appeared in ten days and grew steadily throughout the coldest time of the year.

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