Outdoors

Kids & Critters: When will the grackles arrive?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Most people are familiar with the notion of bird migration. Birds that are primarily insect eaters are often forced to retreat to warmer southern regions during the cold, dark winters of more northern areas. But every winter ends and, at some point, the birds will slowly start to filter back. Then, sometime in late April or early May, the floodgates … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel … 0

Here comes the wind, rejoice!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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? … 0

Kids & Critters: Want to know a secret?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My wife has recently been putting some extra effort into learning the names of the birds that come to our feeders. Summer birds can be difficult to learn because there are so many of them and they can … 0

Said & Done: Of mice and bears and things that go SNAP!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Years before we retired, we made elaborate plans for our “going-away” present. Laurie and I had long been “into fishing,” so we were determined to take the best guided fishing trip available to the amateur sportsman. We consulted … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Speaking of Nature: A nuthatch saves the day

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunday was an unexpectedly gloomy day. Saturday had been so warm and lovely in comparison that the annual chore of moving firewood seemed like an unacceptable use of time. So, rather than don the heavy clothes required for … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A few surf scoters, red-necked grebe and a black vulture were reported in Turners Falls. Some of … 0

Speaking of Nature: The Pigeon Project — Year 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

On Feb. 5, 2011, I made a note in my field journal that a pigeon had been sighted in my yard. There was not narrative to go with the notation, just the simple code “*ROPI,” with the star … 0

Trail Mix, Oct. 23 to 29

Friday, October 24, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Audubon bird sightings, Oct. 23

Friday, October 24, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A Nelson’s sparrow was found in the Arcadia Meadows of Northampton. Nineteen brant, five long-tailed ducks, five surf scoters and a black scoter were reported at the Winsor Dam on the Quabbin Reservoir. A … 0

Camping? Who needs it?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

By CHRIS ERSKINE Los Angeles Times GEM LAKE, Calif. — I don’t feel the need to camp ever again. Love the hiking, the visuals, the air. But the gritty, fire-smoked world of a backcountry bedroom? You can keep … 0