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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

Speaking of Nature: The acorn woodpecker

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Our story begins on Catalina Island in the year 2008. Susan and I had taken a trip to the West Coast to visit some beloved relatives and on a whim we decided to go on an extra bonus … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 28, 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 white-crowned sparrow

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Before I get started with this week’s column, I think it is my responsibility to alleviate any undue suspense and suffering by announcing that the juncos arrived at my porch on Sunday (Oct. 18). This coincided nicely with … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 21, 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 white-throated sparrow

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

If I love anything about writing this column it is the ability to accurately predict what my readers might see. Last week, I wrote a column in anticipation of the arrival of juncos in our area and not … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 14, 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 and Critters: Butter-and-eggs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

With autumn finally here, it should be obvious that the days are really starting to get shorter now. The Earth is moving in its orbit in such a way that the Northern Hemisphere is tilting farther and farther … 0

Said & Done: Paul's 'troika' Thanksgiving

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nobody in these parts has ever seen a “troika.” New Englanders with memories can conjure up pictures of horse teams of two: Harry and Tom in harness hauling a wagon or a sled. Even today, in these rural parts we occasionally see teams in action along our country … 0

Speaking of Nature: Butterflies

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

At the beginning of July, I formally announced the launching of “The Butterfly Project.” Summer had just begun and I was in tremendously high spirits. What could be more fun, I wondered, than spending my days in pursuit … 0

Wednesday, September 23, 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