Outdoors

Speaking of Nature: The cricket moon

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The last glorious days of summer are upon us. September is here and the world has taken on a definite and delightful quality that is distinct and easy to hear. Many of our birds are preparing to leave us, while the others are shifting from the breeding season to the off season. As a result, the daytime world is becoming … 0

Kids & Critters: Ambush bugs

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Now that school is in back in session, we can all start our new classes and meet our new teachers. I always enjoyed learning new … 0

Said & Done: A Monhegan Island exploration

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Said & Done this week is written on the occasion of the writer’s 92nd birthday. A year ago, sister Caroline and best friend Poesy Barlow … 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

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