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.


3:27 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: August 16 - 22, 2011

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the second week of Late Summer

As Late Summer deepens, then catalpas start to pale. Buckeye leaves turn brown under the high canopy. Black walnut leaves trickle to the ground. Patches of scarlet appear in the sumac and poison ivy.

Along the freeways, beds of white boneset have come into bloom beside the drifts of Middle Summer’s blue chicory and silver Queen Anne's lace.

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2:17 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: August 9 - 15, 2011

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the first week of Late Summer

In Middle and Late Summer, the fat, green, annual cicadas come up from the earth where they have spent the last eleven months. They leave their ectoskeletons behind on twigs or walls, fly out into the sun and begin to sing.

If science offers facts about all this, a little cultural entomology may help to interpret those facts.

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11:31 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: August 2 – August 8

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the seventh week of Middle Summer

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11:36 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: July 26 – August 1, 2011

Waning Crescent Moon
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Poor Will’s Almanack for the sixth week of Middle Summer

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4:53 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: July 19 - 25, 2011

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Poor Will's Almanack for the fifth week of Middle Summer.

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