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Speaking of Nature: Bill’s vacation nemesis

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back in January, when my beautiful wife Susan approached me about planning our summer vacation, I listened intently as she explained her reasoning about attempting our longest vacation to date. Instead of just one week, she wanted to try for two and, in her mind, the only feasible destination was Martha’s Vineyard. No phones, no electronics, no communication with the … 0

Trail Mix: Outdoor activities in our area

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Northfield hike Sunday The Third Sunday Northfield Hike is scheduled for this weekend. As as usual, people will meet in the parking area behind Town … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Great egrets were reported in Longmeadow, Hadley, New Salem … 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

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