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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

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Some birders managed to get out in the field despite the bitter cold and wind this week. They reported some waterfowl on still open streams and ponds including northern pintail, common goldeneye, and common … 0

Speaking of Nature: the anhinga

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

When I looked at the calendar on my office desk, I was absolutely floored by how quickly time has gone by. January is more than half over, midterms are already under way and winter break is just around … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Uncommon wintering and lingering species were widely reported again this week. These included mute swan, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, common goldeneye, horned grebe, red-shouldered hawk, peregrine falcon, merlin, American kestrel, northern harrier, winter wren, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A more complete listing of nature activities in our area can be found in the Outdoors section of our website: www.recorder.com. Click on the Life and Times section. Great Falls Discovery Center 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, 413-863-3676, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org. Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 … 0

Speaking of Nature: surf scoters

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

As is always the case at this time of year, the weather is on our minds. In the past two weeks, we’ve seen rainy days in the 50s followed by heavy snows and temperatures below zero. Then, just … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. This week’s unusual lingering species included northern pintail, ring-necked duck, peregrine falcon, merlin, northern harrier, winter wren, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, snow bunting and red-winged blackbird. Normal wintering species being seen were common goldeneye, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Snowshoe Race and Hike Saturday READSBORO, Vt. — On Saturday, the annual Hoot Toot and Whistle 5K Snowshoe Race and Hike will once again trek from the area of the Whitingham Dam on the Harriman Reservoir down through Whitingham and ending at the Readsboro Central Elementary School. Race … 0

Speaking of Nature: What a difference a day can make

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The difference between 2013 and 2014 was probably not a particularly sharp one for many of you, but the shift that I experienced was amplified by the fact that I had traveled. My mother-in-law (Fran) celebrated her 75th … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, January 8, 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. ∎ … 0

Voice of Audubon, Jan. 8

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Winter is 30 days old with lots of snow and ice, but a few migratory species are still lingering, including water birds like northern pintail, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common loon, horned grebe, great blue … 0