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Speaking of Nature: A fly with no name

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So there I was, standing in the delightfully cool conditions of an early-July morning, waiting for a butterfly. This, it seems, is a theme when dealing with butterflies. Easy to see, they are (in my opinion) inflicted with a sort of attention deficit disorder that prevents them from focusing on any one thing for very long. Something grabs their attention, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 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 … 0

Speaking of Nature: The height of summer

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Any of my regular readers will rightly identify a distinct lack of butterflies in this column. This is not because of a lack of effort … 0

Speaking of Nature: Two brothers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is one of the most recognizable species of mammals in North America. Evidence from the fossil record also suggests that it is one of the oldest and most successful species, appearing about 4 … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird Sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A common gallinule continues to be seen at Lake Wallace in Belchertown. The least bittern continues to be reported on Five Bridges Road in Brimfield. An Acadian flycatcher was found in central … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 17, 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

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 10, 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

Voice of Aububon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Cerulean warblers were also seen in Northfield and around the Quabbin Reservoir. Breeding waterfowl species included green-winged teal, common merganser, hooded merganser, common loon, double-crested cormorant, green heron and American bitter. Other … 0

Kids and Critters: The tree swallow

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Down the hill from my house, at the edge of my lawn, there is a post with a nest box on it. I placed this nest box in this particular location about 10 years ago and I have … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A snowy egret and a black-bellied plover were seen in Northampton. A gray-cheeked thrush and two clay-colored sparrows were found in Hadley. A sora was seen in Amherst and a short-billed dowitcher … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 3, 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

Be inspired or panic, but at least look

Thursday, June 4, 2015

At the height of a tumultuous blow at sea, I asked a “regular” navy man how he felt when he first experienced rough weather. He looked at me to see if I was pulling his leg. When he … 0

Speaking of Nature: the orchard oriole

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It was a Sunday morning (the second morning of my two-day field trip to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge) and I was up and out early once again. The previous morning I had discovered that the ducks of … 0