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"Hummingbirds" teacher Cailey Bloomgarden-Bredin shows Elizabeth Hoffman, 5, a water creature found in Fire Pond during a summer camp session for 5-year-olds at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. 
Kevin Gutting photo/Adam Orth illustration

Learning naturally: Nature programs take the classroom outside

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As he crested a densely wooded, moss-covered hill in the middle of Conway’s pine forest, Edwin Anderson, 13, of Greenfield yelled, “Wow, come and look at this!” At his call, a half-dozen other kids scrambled up the hill. Some dropped to their knees as they examined a huge brown mushroom protruding from the pine needles on the forest floor. Moments later, Frank Grindrod of Conway knelt in the middle of the group and began to inspect the fungal wonder. “See how it’s all shaggy on top and on the stipe? This is called ‘The Old Man of the Woods.’” he said. “Oh, and look at … 0

Hooked: Reporter David Rainville reels in a good time on the Quabbin Reservoir

Friday, August 22, 2014

The first rule of fishing in a rented boat on the Quabbin Reservoir is simple: get there early. Gate 31 off Route 122 in New Salem opens at 6 a.m. and that could already be too late depending on the day and the number of cars already in line when the lock comes … 0

What you need to know if you want to go fishing on the Quabbin Reservoir

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW SALEM — If you want to rent a boat at the Quabbin Reservoir and spend the day on the water, you’ll need two things: cash and an alarm clock. Rentals start at 6 a.m. and it’s best to show up before the gate opens. Even on a weekday, it’s not unusual to see cars lining up before 5:30 a.m., since boats are … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Northfield Mountain 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com/ ∎ Totally Tree-mendous: Gnomes Knoll. Gnomes knoll is an evolving space for free nature play at Northfield Mountain, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Small-batch preserving

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I think of canning, I imagine spending many hours in a hot kitchen with large boxes of produce, big vats of bubbling preserves, and rows of jars coming out of other vats of boiling water. It’s easy to get overwhelmed considering such a scene, … 0

‘Silver Eagle’ soars into his golden years

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From the first time David Mroczek snuck down to the Northfield Meadows to hitch a ride in Tommy Russel’s “tail-dragger” airplane at the age of 12, he knew how he wanted to spend his life. He only got … 0

‘I hardly had a clue what I was doing’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I steered the little two-seat Cessna onto the runway, pushed the throttle to full-on and hoped for the best. The engine roared, and the airplane picked up speed as it made its way toward the end of the … 0

Between the Rows: Dioecious plants

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Editor’s note: Pat Leuchtman also writes online. You can find her at www.commonweeder.com. The Annual Rose Viewing was a success, but it was the hardy kiwi vine on our shed that also got a lot of attention. Of … 0

Blue Plate Special: Kali B’s Wings & Things, a family favorite

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder Kali B’s Wings & Things has undergone a massive trans- formation since arriving on the Franklin County food scene a little over a year ago. In June of 2013, owners Jim … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cooking as art with found objects

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I think about Hope & Olive chef Maggie Zaccara’s work just before the Free Harvest Supper, I think about “art with found objects.” Before the supper, Maggie has some idea of what she’s going to create to feed 1,000 people, but she doesn’t know … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Northfield hike Sunday NORTHFIELD —Northfield Area Hikes will host a moderately paced hike in the woods Sunday. (Editor’s note: The printed version of Trail Mix that ran Thursday, July 17, had the incorrect day.) Hikers will meet behind the Northfield Town Hall at 1 p.m. for car-pooling to … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American robin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Whether it’s dawn, or dusk, there is always one prominent song in the world of birds; that of the American robin (Turdus migratorius). Bright and clear, this song carries quite some distance and brings with it the positive, … 0

Voice of Audubon: Western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher was found inside Gate 22 of the Quabbin Reservoir. Two adult and three young orchard orioles were reported in Northampton. A peregrine falcon was seen near their nesting site … 0