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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: 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 … 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. ∎ Saturday, April 26, will be the Earth Day hike of about 2 1/2 miles. Hikers will meet at the top of East Catamount … 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 lakes and ponds has melted and a day doesn’t go by without me … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Scientific Belle of Amherst AMHERST— What woman was born in Amherst in the 19th century, attended Mount Holyoke College, and went on to world-wide fame in the 20th century? For ornithologists the answer is clear: Margaret Morse … 0

Kids & Critters: The red-winged blackbird

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Springtime is finally here and even though Mother Nature may still have a few tricks up her sleeve, we can finally start to feel the change of the seasons. The days are gradually getting longer and with the … 0

Voices of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Migrating waterfowl still hold the stage in the valley with flocks of up to thousands of Canada Geese being seen. Also being reported are snow geese, American wigeon, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, bufflehead and … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, April 2, 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

Said & Done: Who has ever seen the wind?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads The … 0

Speaking of Nature: Spring has pressed the button

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, this is it. We stand on the precipice of time and look out into the vast expanse of the future with optimism and the hint of a smile on our collective faces, … 0

Trail Mix: outdoor activities

Wednesday, March 26, 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/ ∎ Native New England Orchids. Pink and Yellow Lady’s Slippers, the Fairy Slipper, Purple-Fringed Orchids, all these and … 0