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Speaking of Nature: The height of summer

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Any of my regular readers will rightly identify a distinct lack of butterflies in this column. This is not because of a lack of effort on my part, but rather because of the bounty of distractions that nature has thrown in my path. I go out to look for butterflies and something else pops up. Perhaps I’m even chasing butterflies … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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 … 0

Speaking of Nature: The Milk Snake

Thursday, July 16, 2015

It was Sunday at 7 p.m. and for reasons I don’t have space to explain, I had decided to go to bed early. All I … 0

Speaking of Nature: Butterfly Project 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When I look through my records for the past 18 years of writing, I find that birds have been the taxonomic group that has received the greatest portion of my attention. This, I think, is a product of … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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 and Critters: Lots of little flowers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Fourth of July is this Saturday and I bet you can’t wait to see some fireworks. My favorites are the really big ones that spread out across the sky like giant flowers. I am particularly fond of … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Here are some of last week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A common gallinule continues to be reported at Lake Wallace in Belchertown along with a white-eyed vireo A common nighthawk also continues … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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

Said & Done: Do you know your birds and bees?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the town of Fonda in New York State, there are deep pits in the side of a hill. If you work at it, you can scrape and scrabble in the earth around those pits and scratch up … 1

Speaking of Nature: To spot the Eastern towhee, you need to be in the right area

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sunday was Father’s Day, which also happened to coincide with the first day of summer. To celebrate, my beautiful wife Susan and I headed to Amherst to spend the weekend with my parents. Saturday was a beautiful sunny … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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: Two brothers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is one of the most recognizable species of mammals in North America. Evidence from the fossil record also suggests that it is one of the oldest and most successful species, appearing about 4 … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird Sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A common gallinule continues to be seen at Lake Wallace in Belchertown. The least bittern continues to be reported on Five Bridges Road in Brimfield. An Acadian flycatcher was found in central … 0