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This photo shows the delicate white Queen Anne’s Lace “flower” with a couple red blossoms in the center. The inset shows how the shape of the flower changes when it starts to produce seeds (the reason the flower is also known as bird’s nest).

Speaking of Nature: Queen Anne’s lace

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wildflowers have been the focus of my kids’ columns this summer. In July, I introduced readers to hawkweed, a gorgeous orange-flowered plant in the composite family. In August, I switched families and took a look at the cow vetch plant. This purple-flowered beauty is a member of the pea family. Finally, to wrap things up, I am going to honor … 0

Tail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 2, 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: Bill discovers a real head tern-er

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Standing at the edge of Malibu Lagoon, I was hypnotized by birds. Double-crested cormorants were perched on a large tangle of driftwood, snowy egrets were … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 24, 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: 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