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Speaking of Nature: an unexpected visitor

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Human beings in general, and scientists in particular, are very sensitive to patterns. This makes a lot of sense when one considers the nature of the planet that we live on. The planet spins at a constant rate, which causes us to catch sight of (and then lose sight of) the stars in a very comfortable and predictable pattern. But … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The gray jay continues to be seen at Gate … 0

Speaking of Nature: oaks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I was very fortunate to get a day off on Tuesday. The weather was so mild and the landscape so peaceful that I couldn’t resist … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A gray jay has been present all week at Gate 41 of the Quabbin Reservoir in the town of Petersham. A golden eagle and a northern goshawk were seen at the northern … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 12, 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

Kids & Critters: Want to know a secret?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My wife has recently been putting some extra effort into learning the names of the birds that come to our feeders. Summer birds can be difficult to learn because there are so many of them and they can … 0

Said & Done: Of mice and bears and things that go SNAP!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Years before we retired, we made elaborate plans for our “going-away” present. Laurie and I had long been “into fishing,” so we were determined to take the best guided fishing trip available to the amateur sportsman. We consulted … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 5, 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 … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Speaking of Nature: The Pigeon Project — Year 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

On Feb. 5, 2011, I made a note in my field journal that a pigeon had been sighted in my yard. There was not narrative to go with the notation, just the simple code “*ROPI,” with the star … 0

Trail Mix, Oct. 23 to 29

Friday, October 24, 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 … 0