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Speaking of Nature: The blue-winged teal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The scene was a familiar one to me: a rather substantial body of water not far from my house with the characteristics of a pond —– shallow water with lots of cattails — but the size of a lake. I pass by this lake on my way to and from work and I am regularly tantalized by what I see. … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Catamount Hills hikes The Deerfield River Watershed Association plans three spring free hikes in the Catamount Hills: April 26, May 3 and June 14. ∎ … 0

Speaking of Nature: A dandy dabbling duck

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The big news in birding this week is the arrival of the waterfowl. Ducks and geese have flooded into our area as the ice covering … 0

Speaking of Nature: The hairy woodpecker

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I had every intention of writing a story about Florida for today’s column. I was going to select some wonderfully exotic bird for which I had wonderfully exotic photos and I would then weave an intricate story about … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pollinator Gardens: The Beautiful Buzz ATHOL— For food and flowers, the world needs pollinators, primarily bees, and on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St., the North Quabbin Garden Club … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. In the last two weeks, flocks of snow buntings have lingered in the region on their way north. Other hints of spring are a few land bird migrants and arrivals, such as turkey vulture, … 0

Speaking of Nature: Martin’s broken wing

Thursday, February 13, 2014

With the arrival of fresh snow last week, I decided to give my Environmental Science students a challenging assignment; something a little different from the standard, “read a paper and then tell me what you think” kind of … 2

Kids & Critters: Tracks in the snow

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The winter is a wonderful time to go outside and see what the animals are up to. This may seem like an odd thing to say, because it is during the winter that there are the fewest animals … 0

Said & Done: We have missed something

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Possum sitting on a hick’ry limb Hie-away, hie-away home. The buckshot makes short work of him — Hie-away, hie-away home. Put him on a spit and roast him sweet, And then he’s fit for a king to eat. … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Better weather brought more birds and birders out this week. Some uncommon raptors were reported included northern harrier, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, merlin, American kestrel and great horned owl. Also seen were belted kingfisher, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bird club honors local naturalist The Hampshire Bird Club honors one of its own, visionary naturalist and conservationist Harvey Allen, at its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 10. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Hall, … 0

Speaking of Nature: Beauty is in the ear of the beholder

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

One of the great delights in any naturalist’s work is introducing others to something new. Sometimes this takes the form of a rare sight seldom seen by people, while other times it comes in the guise of a … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Great Falls Discovery Center 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, 413-863-3676, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org. Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Facilities are accessible. ∎ Great Hall Art Display: landscape and nature photography by Tom … 0