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Speaking of Nature: West Basin birds

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I had been so mesmerized by the loon that I completely forgot about my camera bag. It was only when I turned back to look for it that I realized how far I had walked. The bag was nowhere in sight, which was a little alarming since it contained about $1,000 worth of lenses. That, combined with the fact that … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, August 27, 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 ∎ Ahoy, Matey! Kids Cruise … 0

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. … 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

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The spring migration is coming to an end, with only the later-arriving species being reported this week, such as common nighthawk, black-billed cuckoo, willow and alder flycatcher, Tennessee, bay-breasted, blackpoll and mourning warbler. Some shorebird waders seen were semipalmated plover, greater and lesser yellowlegs, least, solitary and semipalmated … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, May 28, 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/ ∎ Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center staff naturalist Kim Noyes on Sunday, June 1, from 10 … 0

Speaking of Nature: the snapping turtle

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May is a time of new life. Flowering plants begin to seek help from the insects, offering nectar in the hope that the insects will accidentally assist in cross-pollination. Birds, many of whom have just finished migrating great … 0

Voice of Audubon: local bird sightings

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. The fallout of migrants due to cool and wet weather continued this week with more reports of uncommon species such as great egret, Virginia rail, lesser yellowlegs, least sandpiper and black-billed cuckoo. Also seen … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, May 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/ ∎ Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center staff naturalist Kim Noyes on Sunday, June 1, from 10 … 0

Speaking of Nature: Follow your nose to the black cherry tree

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Taking a walk in the woods is a particular pleasure in the spring. After being cooped up inside all winter, it can be delightful to immerse one’s self under a verdant canopy of life. The smell of the … 0

Trail Mix: May 15 to 21

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Northfield Hike in Satan’s Kingdom May 18 The third-Sunday-of-the-month hike in Northfield will be in Satan’s Kingdom in West Northfield on Sunday, May 18. The trail, an old logging road and easy to walk, rises about 250 feet in about a mile-and-a-half, to a partial view of the … 0

Voices of Audubon, May 15

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Showers and southerly winds have brought a wide variety of migrant and resident species to the region, including greater yellowlegs, lesser yellowlegs, least sandpiper, sora and Virginia rail. Also arriving were black-billed cuckoo, willow flycatcher, Swainson’s … 0