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Speaking of Nature: Seaweed isn't a plant

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some of my favorite summertime memories from my childhood revolve around visits to the ocean. I can remember wonderful trips to Cape Cod and the coast of Maine where it seemed that every sight, sound and smell was something new. You could smell the ocean before you got within sight of it and once you hit the beach, it was … 0

Tail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Unusual Connecticut River Water Levels NORTHFIELD — On Thursday July 31, water levels in the Connecticut River between Turners Falls and Vernon, Vt., will be … 0

Speaking of Nature: Bill's bumper crop of bluebirds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

With mid-July behind us, it is now safe to say that the breeding season of our local songbirds is starting to wind down for the … 0

Speaking of Nature: Dive into vernal pools

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We are generally aware of the locations of the permanent ponds in our neighborhoods, but in springtime there are also temporary pools that will appear in the woods. These pools, called vernal pools because of their association with … 0

Trail Mix: May 8 to 14

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon May 16-17 Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon, a friendly fundraising competition to support conservation throughout the state, is again expected to inspire hundreds of dedicated enthusiasts in a 24-hour bird identification contest, May 16-17. The statewide contest challenges teams of birders to identify the most … 0

Voices of Audubon

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Southerly winds and sunny days brought an arrival of resident songbirds from the south. The most notable were ruby-throated hummingbird, great crested flycatcher, least flycatcher, blue-winged warbler, American redstart, northern waterthrush, indigo bunting and orchard oriole. … 0

Kids & Critters: The wood frog

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I went for a walk with my wife this past weekend and while we were walking along a section of roadway that ran through a forested area, we heard a curious sound. It wasn’t a crow, but it … 0

Said & Done: Rascals like us never looked back

Thursday, May 1, 2014

It was the Devil that made us do it. I refer to the fact that when the spring mood was on us, we skipped school. The funny part of it was the Devil really did have us by the tail, coercing us down the path to perdition — … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Despite the cold, windy weather, regular species arriving from the south this week included spotted sandpiper, chimney swift, northern rough-winged swallow, bank swallow, house wren, black-throated green warbler, blackburnian warbler, ovenbird and rose-breasted grosbeak. … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Conway Station hike Saturday On Saturday, May 3, the Deerfield River Watershed Association the association will co-sponsor a trip with the Pioneer Valley Institute to visit the historic Conway Station site. The site was important as the junction … 0

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 … 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. ∎ Saturday, April 26, will be the Earth Day hike of about 2 1/2 … 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 were black-and-white, palm, pine and Louisiana waterthrush. Other land birds were great crested flycatcher, blue-headed vireo, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-gray gnatcatcher, brown thrasher, chipping … 0