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Bill Danielson photo
The male red-breasted nuthatch has the bold coloration typical of male songbirds.

Speaking of Nature: A nuthatch saves the day

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunday was an unexpectedly gloomy day. Saturday had been so warm and lovely in comparison that the annual chore of moving firewood seemed like an unacceptable use of time. So, rather than don the heavy clothes required for such a task, I decided to spend my time bird watching. The long, rainy week that preceded the weekend definitely gave one … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A few surf scoters, red-necked grebe and a black vulture were reported in Turners Falls. Some of the regularly appearing water birds found this week were green-winged teal, American wigeon, ring-necked duck, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2

Gender & Control: portraits by Anja Shutz

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stepping back into photography after a hiatus occasioned by disillusionment with her experience with a male-dominated photo industry in New York, Anja Schütz set her sights on gender and control in portraiture. Schütz said the project, a collection … 0

Speaking of Nature: fall migration

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I’m teaching a new course at school and it’s absorbing so much of my time that I haven’t had a chance to go out with my camera in far too long. This past weekend was another that had … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Here are some this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A Say’s Phoebe was seen and heard calling along Route 2A in downtown Greenfield. Three white-rumped sandpipers and three greater yellowlegs were found on the east side of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black-crowned … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often … 0

Savoring the seasons: Fall festival food finds

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love the many fall festivals in our communities this month, and I always look for locally grown food at the food booths. While checking Ashfield Fall Festival’s website, I saw this description: “Ashfield food vendors offer seasonal favorites such as home-made fresh pumpkin doughnuts, … 0

Between the Rows: These berries are for the birds

Friday, October 3, 2014

Feeding the birds is a enjoyable activity, but because I have always had cats, I have planted highbush cranberries, holly and cotoneaster instead of putting up bird feeders. However, my first reason for planting these shrubs that produce … 0

Put your pudding where your mouth is

Friday, September 19, 2014

“When all the men returned home victorious (from the Revolutionary War) and without serious injury in 1777, what a celebration there must have been! Could this have been the reason for the ‘pudding contest?’” — From “Hawley, Massachusetts: … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Doing our part

Friday, October 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love a good work party, the satisfaction of seeing a huge heap of firewood transformed into covered, safe-from-the-snow stacks or bushels of apples turned into jars of sauce. While some people think “many hands make light work” is a cliché, I bet they don’t … 0