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.


10:44 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 27, 2011 - January 2, 2012

Oak Leaf Hydrangea in January
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Poor Will's Almanack for the Transition Week to Deep Winter.

It is New Year's week, and before January begins, I always take an inventory of what is happening around the yard and in my life.

I check the oak leaf hydrangea by the back porch. It often keeps half its leaves, even when the days stay below freezing. I stand and look at the wood pile for a while, trying to estimate how much wood is left.

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Benediction for the Year

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Bill Felker shares a poem for Winter Solstice. 

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8:35 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 20 - 26, 2011

Camel Cricket
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Poor Will's Almanack for the Third Week of Early Winter.

The daughter of a friend of mine came to see me the other day, enquiring about how one might go about studying the natural world.

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9:35 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 13 - 19, 2011

Bulldog Puppy
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Poor Will's Almanack for the Second Week of Early Winter.

Several years ago, I took our two bulldogs out for a walk in the woods. It had snowed a few more inches over night, for a total of several feet in some places, and we were the first to navigate the path.

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11:14 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 6 - 12, 2011

Bristles on a Comfrey Leaf
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Poor Will’s Almanack for the First Week of Early Winter.

My diaries have become timetables, lists of annual events in nature. The obsession with detail is sufficient in itself; it is a peaceful neurosis of record taking. But I often think the notebooks ought to be useful for something other than tracking the seasons.

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