Outdoors

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

Audubon bird sightings, Oct. 23

Friday, October 24, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A Nelson’s sparrow was found in the Arcadia Meadows of Northampton. Nineteen brant, five long-tailed ducks, five surf scoters and a black scoter were reported at the Winsor Dam on the Quabbin Reservoir. A … 0

Camping? Who needs it?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

By CHRIS ERSKINE Los Angeles Times GEM LAKE, Calif. — I don’t feel the need to camp ever again. Love the hiking, the visuals, the air. But the gritty, fire-smoked world of a backcountry bedroom? You can keep … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 15, 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: Western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A Nelson’s sparrow was found in the Arcadia Meadows of Northampton. A white-fronted goose was seen with a large flock of Canada geese off … 0

Archeology talk celebrates watershed

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m., Deerfield River Watershed Association is celebrating 20 years of protecting the ecology of the Deerfield River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed by offering a talk on the archaeology of … 0

Speaking of Nature: fall migration

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I’m teaching a new course at school and it’s absorbing so much of my time that I haven’t had a chance to go out with my camera in far too long. This past weekend was another that had … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 8, 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 8, 2014

Here are some this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A Say’s Phoebe was seen and heard calling along Route 2A in downtown Greenfield. Three white-rumped sandpipers and three greater yellowlegs were found on the east side of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black-crowned … 0

Said & Done: Some hunting dogs get lost, others just take off

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halfway between Brattleboro and Bennington, somewhat north of the Molly Stark Trail, there stands a dead pine tree. It is not alone. It is distinguished, however, by a weathered board bearing this notice: “Lost — beagle hunting dog.” A telephone number (Worcester) tells where to be in touch … 0

Kids and Critters: mushrooms

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The beginning of autumn marks that time of year when the green leaves of summer finally “fall” off the trees. This a particularly beautiful time of year here in New England, but what you might not know is … 0