Outdoors

Speaking of Nature: The blue-winged teal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The scene was a familiar one to me: a rather substantial body of water not far from my house with the characteristics of a pond —– shallow water with lots of cattails — but the size of a lake. I pass by this lake on my way to and from work and I am regularly tantalized by what I see. … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Catamount Hills hikes The Deerfield River Watershed Association plans three spring free hikes in the Catamount Hills: April 26, March 3 and June 14. ∎ … 0

Speaking of Nature: A dandy dabbling duck

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The big news in birding this week is the arrival of the waterfowl. Ducks and geese have flooded into our area as the ice covering … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Scientific Belle of Amherst AMHERST— What woman was born in Amherst in the 19th century, attended Mount Holyoke College, and went on to world-wide fame in the 20th century? For ornithologists the answer is clear: Margaret Morse … 0

Kids & Critters: The red-winged blackbird

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Springtime is finally here and even though Mother Nature may still have a few tricks up her sleeve, we can finally start to feel the change of the seasons. The days are gradually getting longer and with the … 0

Voices of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Migrating waterfowl still hold the stage in the valley with flocks of up to thousands of Canada Geese being seen. Also being reported are snow geese, American wigeon, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, bufflehead and … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Great Falls Discovery Center 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, 413-863-3676, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org. Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Facilities are accessible. ∎ … 0

Said & Done: Who has ever seen the wind?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads The … 0

Speaking of Nature: Spring has pressed the button

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, this is it. We stand on the precipice of time and look out into the vast expanse of the future with optimism and the hint of a smile on our collective faces, … 0

Trail Mix: outdoor activities

Wednesday, March 26, 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/ ∎ Native New England Orchids. Pink and Yellow Lady’s Slippers, the Fairy Slipper, Purple-Fringed Orchids, all these and … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our region

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The variety and number of water birds in the region continues to be spectacular. Most often reported were mute swan, northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and … 0

Speaking of Nature: Elusive & unforgettable

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I purchased my first camera in January of 1998. I knew nothing about photography. More importantly, I knew nothing about nature photography. I didn’t understand the exasperating situations I would find myself in, the long periods of waiting, … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The number of regular migrant water birds found on the Connecticut River continues to increase, with the most notable species being northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, bufflehead and pied-billed … 0