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Look at how extremely puffy this female cardinal has gotten.  Her head and neck are "normal," but the feathers near her feet (and the snow) are really puffed out to help her stay warm. Bill Danielson photo

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 two young boys. Since Mr. L’s classroom is right across the hall from mine I walked over to ask him what kind of animals interested his sons in the winter. Mr. L said that a … 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. … 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, … 0

Kids & Critters: Hidden, hibernating butterfly

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

O n Thanksgiving day in 2014 I woke up at my house to discover that it had snowed overnight. This wasn’t the simple dusting of snow that you sometimes get late in the autumn, either. No, this was … 0

Trail Mix

Sunday, November 29, 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: The long-range traveler

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last week, while sitting around one of the faculty dining tables at lunch, the topic of Thanksgiving vacation inevitably came up. Each of the teachers took a turn describing his or her plans for the coming week and … 0

Speaking of Nature: Fearing for the house finch

Monday, November 16, 2015

I can’t remember a time when there weren’t house finches around. I don’t have any sense of when I first became aware of their existence, but it’s been so long that they’ve taken up residence in my mind … 0

Trail Mix

Monday, November 16, 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

Voice of Audubon

Monday, November 16, 2015

Red-headed woodpeckers continue to be reported reported along the Bark Haul and West Road trails in the Longmeadow flats. A short-eared owl was found in the Arcadia Meadows in Northampton. A cackling goose was seen on the Campus Pond at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Two long-tailed … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 11, 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 & Critters: The red-breasted nuthatch

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I looked through my records and discovered that I’ve focused on plants for the past four months. Since the summer growing season is behind us now, which means most plants are starting to die back or go dormant, … 0

Said & Done: The merits of a secret place

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Editor’s note: Having been a boy, Paul Seamans writes from that perspective in this column. Clearly, girls also have a need for secret places and some of them would also find pheasants fascinating. Secret places are the prerogative … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 4, 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