Outdoors

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. I fumbled for my watch and noted (with great satisfaction) that it was 4:55 a.m. My beautiful wife was still sound asleep, so I didn’t exactly spring up from the covers, but my mind was … 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, … 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 … 0

Speaking of Nature: Treasures in plain sight

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

January, February and March are months that often give me trouble as a nature writer. In the depths of winter there can be precious little to feature in my columns and I find that I often have to … 0

Voice of Audubon: Western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. A Mississippi kite was seen in Belchertown, and the same individual or another was reported in New Salem. A sandhill crane was found off Old Post Road in Worthington. Six upland sandpipers and six … 0

Trail Mix: Hikes and other nature activities

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Guided hike to Hidden Valley Sunday WENDELL — On Sunday, June 22, 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a guided hike to the Hidden Valley Conservation Area owned by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. The hike begins at Wendell State Forest’s Ruggles Pond parking lot. Please RSVP … 0

Speaking of Nature: Waiting for the toddlers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Now that June is here, we lovers of nature can finally get ready for the season’s first batch of babies to begin to show themselves. April is a month of amore, May is a month of nesting and … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Massachusetts Voice of Audubon. The first week of the summer breeding season featured reports of hooded merganser, American bittern, common loon, double-crested cormorant, black vulture, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, Broad-winged hawk, upland sandpiper, yellow-billed cuckoo and black-billed … 0

Trail Mix: Hikes and other nature activities

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Northfield hike Sunday NORTHFIELD — The Sunday hike in Northfield will be a 3-mile loop in the Northfield State Forest between Coller Cemetery Road and Alexander Hill Road over moderately easy terrain on the New England Trail and adjacent hiking and ski trails. Hikers will meet behind the … 0

Said & Done: Giving lady anglers their due

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The word “women” should have come before “worms” and “world records.” We found “worms” without difficulty, but search as we would, we uncovered nothing under “women.” Our encyclopedia, a massive collection of fishing facts, was published before the … 0

Kids & Critters:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Well boys and girls, this is it. June is finally here and in just another couple of weeks, we’ll enjoy the longest day of the year, followed by the last day of school. Once the school bus stops … 0

Trail Mix: Nature activities in our area

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Puffins and terns June 9 The Hampshire Bird Club will hear about efforts to restore nesting terns, puffins and other seabirds at its monthly meeting on Monday, June 9. The meeting, which is free and open to the … 0

Speaking of Nature: The tree swallow

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

One of my favorite things to do on a summer evening is to sit on my deck and soak in the sights and sounds of the evening. There is an open meadow down the hill from my house … 0