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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

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 … 0

Said & Done: A Monhegan Island exploration

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Said & Done this week is written on the occasion of the writer’s 92nd birthday. A year ago, sister Caroline and best friend Poesy Barlow treated me to a saltwater trip from Bar Harbor to Monhegan Island off … 0

Kids & Critters: Ambush bugs

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Now that school is in back in session, we can all start our new classes and meet our new teachers. I always enjoyed learning new things in English, math and history, but when I was a boy, I … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Eight common mergansers, six blue-winged teal, a sanderling, a pectoral sandpiper, a yellow-billed cuckoo and an olive-sided flycatcher were seen in Longmeadow. Two great egrets, a golden plover, two semipalmated plovers, two lesser yellowlegs and a … 0

Trail Mix: Nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hike Chesterfield Gorge Pioneer Valley Institute president Richard Little will lead a four-hour hike through the Chesterfield Gorge on Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m. The hike is free for current PVI members and $5 (checks only please) for the general public. It will concentrate on the … 0

Between the Rows: master gardeners

Friday, August 29, 2014

Over 200 master gardeners are volunteering their knowledge and energy up and down the Pioneer Valley. You might have called upon them to test your soil at local farmers markets, or found them answering questions at the Big … 0

BetweenTheRows: Weeds in my garden

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weeds. The weeds are thriving in my garden. In the middle of August when we are getting ready for the Heath Fair there is no longer even a pretense that I am keeping up with the weeds. This … 0

Speaking of Nature: West Basin birds

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I had been so mesmerized by the loon that I completely forgot about my camera bag. It was only when I turned back to look for it that I realized how far I had walked. The bag was … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, August 27, 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 ∎ Ahoy, Matey! Kids Cruise on Board the Quinnetukut. Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 to 11:40 a.m. or … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Corn, conversations and cookbooks!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Thanks to a kind invitation by Zenaida Diaz, Activities Director at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield, I spent a LOVELY hour last Friday chatting and enjoying locally grown treats with Poet’s Seat residents. We sat around a big table, munching on cherry tomatoes … 0