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.


11:13 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: November 22 -29, 2011

Sparrow Hawk
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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Third Week of Late Fall.

Even though this week is often one of the darkest and wettest of the Late Fall, milder autumns offer recollections as well as promises of spring.

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9:35 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: November 15 -21, 2011

Fall sunset
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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of Late Fall

With most of the leaves fallen, the countdown for spring is underway.

And a person might count in all sorts of ways.

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9:30 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: November 8 - 14, 2011

Hickory Bark
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Poor Will’s Almanack for the first week of Late Fall.

I used to know a local woodsman by the name of Vern Hogans, a hunter and fisherman. One July, we were talking about the weather, and I was wondering what the winter ahead would bring.

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9:15 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: November 1 - 7, 2011

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Final Week of Middle Fall.

In the last week of October, I often go to watch the robins migrating along the river near my house.

The first time I saw their great flocks was on October 21, 1982. I had gone to the woods expecting to find the end of everything, all the leaves down, the flowers shriveled. Instead of desolation, I found a paradise of birds: I'd never seen the woods so alive, the robins chirping and fluttering around me.

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12:27 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: October 25 - 31, 2011

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Third Week of Middle Fall.

Wendell Berry wrote about today:

The woods is shining this morning. 
Red, gold and green, the leaves
lie on the ground or fall,
hang full of light in the air still.

In this third week of Middle Fall, the oaks and the osage, white mulberries, magnolias, ginkgoes and the late black and sugar maples move towards full color and many woodlots still shine in the morning, red, gold and green.

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