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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 nowhere in sight, which was a little alarming since it contained about $1,000 worth of lenses. That, combined with the fact that … 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 … 0

Speaking of Nature: Breakfast with a loon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My eyes just sort of opened. No alarm had rung, nor had there been any unfamiliar creaking in the rented house, I simply woke up. … 0

Trail Mix, Aug. 21

Thursday, August 21, 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/ ∎ Astronomy Conjunction. On Friday, Aug., 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23, Northfield Mountain will host the 30th annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomer’s Conjunction. Enjoy the camaraderie of amateur … 0

Speaking of Nature: Bill’s vacation nemesis

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back in January, when my beautiful wife Susan approached me about planning our summer vacation, I listened intently as she explained her reasoning about attempting our longest vacation to date. Instead of just one week, she wanted to … 0

Trail Mix: Outdoor activities in our area

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Northfield hike Sunday The Third Sunday Northfield Hike is scheduled for this weekend. As as usual, people will meet in the parking area behind Town Hall at 1 p.m. Jointly sponsored by the Northfield Open Space Committee and … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Great egrets were reported in Longmeadow, Hadley, New Salem and Pittsfield. A blue-winged teal, a common gallinule and a Virginia rail were found in Lenox. A northern harrier, a black-billed cuckoo and … 0

Speaking of Nature: The eastern phoebe

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Phoebes have been of special interest to me ever since I moved into my red house. Prior to that I never had the physical structures in any of my previous homes or apartments that would entice a phoebe … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. An immature little blue heron was found at Szot Park in Chicopee, then at the Springfield Plaza in a pond next to the theater parking lot. Four common loons, two great egrets … 0

Speaking of Nature: Seaweed isn't a plant

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some of my favorite summertime memories from my childhood revolve around visits to the ocean. I can remember wonderful trips to Cape Cod and the coast of Maine where it seemed that every sight, sound and smell was … 0

Said and Done: Can a woodchuck swim? Sure!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

According to notes we have here on the building of the Quabbin Reservoir, the main dam was plugged in the summer of 1939 with an immediate effect on the trapped waters of the Swift River. People in the … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Unusual Connecticut River Water Levels NORTHFIELD — On Thursday July 31, water levels in the Connecticut River between Turners Falls and Vernon, Vt., will be lower than usual. FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. is supporting TransCanada Hydro Northeast in … 0

Speaking of Nature: Bill's bumper crop of bluebirds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

With mid-July behind us, it is now safe to say that the breeding season of our local songbirds is starting to wind down for the year. Some species, like the yellow warbler, may have already packed up for … 0