Outdoors

Outdoors: Voice of Audubon

Monday, February 8, 2016

A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and Iceland, glaucous and lesser black-backed gulls continue to be reported in Turners … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American bald eagle

Sunday, February 7, 2016

For many of us, the official date of the European discovery of the New World is 1492. It was in that year that Christopher Columbus … 0

Kids & Critters: Puffy birds

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I was having some trouble coming up with an idea for this month’s Kids & Critters when I remembered that my colleague Mr. L has … 0

Said & Done: Our New Hampshire hostel

Sunday, January 31, 2016

On April Fool’s Day in 1942 New Hampshire went to bed under a blanket of snow three feet deep. The next day spring reasserted itself. Residents who had taken to the outdoors for last-chance winter play lost pounds in perspiration under a revitalized sun. Within 48 hours the … 0

Speaking of Nature: Sun-play on a winter Sunday

Sunday, January 24, 2016

It was the Sunday of a three-day weekend: a day that compares to no other. Everything in my bones told me to stay in bed, but the naturalist in me wanted to get up. It was already 7:15, … 0

Trail Mix

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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: The American Sycamore

Sunday, January 17, 2016

As a boy growing up in South Amherst I was lucky to have forests to play in. Behind my house there was a ravine with a small stream that trickled throughout the year and across the street there … 0

Speaking of Nature: Rose-breasted grosbeak

Sunday, January 10, 2016

You didn’t have to be a genius to figure out that this winter was a little different from last year’s. The winter of 2014-15 started out innocently enough, but then in January of 2015 it started snowing. My … 0

Kids & critters: The European starling

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The first snow of the winter fell on Tuesday, December 29. This was not a particularly beautiful snow, but was instead a wet mixture of ice crystals that piled up because of the prevailing cold. At one point … 0

Said & Done: Birding on Bald Mountain and beyond

Sunday, January 3, 2016

When old Lawrence Gale owned a working farm on Bald Mountain Road in Bernardston, you could get up mornings to hear bobwhites whistling to each other in the weeds. Interstate 91 had not come at that time to … 0

Speaking of Nature: 2015: The year with wildlife

Sunday, December 27, 2015

As is customary at this time of year, I like to pause for a moment and reflect on the most recent year of my life. I have a thick journal filled with notes and I have thousands of … 0

Voice of Audubon

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Reports continue of red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow, short-eared owls in Northampton and white-fronted and cackling gees in Hampden. Barrow’s goldeneyes were seen on the Connecticut River in Agawam and Hadley. A long-eared owl and four common … 0

Trail Mix

Sunday, December 27, 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