Outdoors

Speaking of Nature: The palm warbler

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I hinted at the notion of failure in last week’s column on the blue-winged teal. This week, I surrender to it. All of my attempts to get photos of green-winged teal failed and the only photo in my archives is simply not publishable. The image clearly shows a green-winged teal, but it is so blurry that it simply will not … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, April 23, 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

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Many regular species are arriving from the south daily. Warblers reported … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Open water has brought more migrating water birds to the region. Found this week were mute swan, wood duck, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and common merganser. Also reported were … 0

Speaking of Nature: The harlequin duck

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Well folks, this is it: the end of February and the light at the end of the tunnel for winter’s reign is starting to show brighter and brighter on the horizon. I have just returned from one of … 0

Trail Mix: How to identify trees by bark and habitat clues Saturday

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to identify trees by bark and habitat clues On Saturday, March 1, Nancy Goodman will lead a Pioneer Valley Institute walk in the Connecticut River floodplain starting from the parking area at the base of the Sunderland … 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