Outdoors

Speaking of Nature: There’s a new vulture in town

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back in the fall of 1986, I entered the wildlife biology program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with so much to learn. My head contained a smattering of information about the birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and fish that populated the countryside in which I grew up, while my heart was brimming over with excitement about the prospect of learning more. … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Volunteers needed for Source to Sea Cleanup Volunteers age 7 and older will gather for the 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. … 0

Voices of Audubon: western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. An upland sandpiper, a marsh wren, American pipits, and a Connecticut … 0

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 … 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 things in English, math and history, but when I was a boy, I … 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 treated me to a saltwater trip from Bar Harbor to Monhegan Island off … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Eight common mergansers, six blue-winged teal, a sanderling, a pectoral sandpiper, a yellow-billed cuckoo and an olive-sided flycatcher were seen in Longmeadow. Two great egrets, a golden plover, two semipalmated plovers, two lesser yellowlegs and a … 0

Trail Mix: Nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hike Chesterfield Gorge Pioneer Valley Institute president Richard Little will lead a four-hour hike through the Chesterfield Gorge on Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m. The hike is free for current PVI members and $5 (checks only please) for the general public. It will concentrate on the … 0

Speaking of Nature: West Basin birds

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I had been so mesmerized by the loon that I completely forgot about my camera bag. It was only when I turned back to look for it that I realized how far I had walked. The bag was … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, August 27, 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 ∎ Ahoy, Matey! Kids Cruise on Board the Quinnetukut. Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 to 11:40 a.m. or … 0

Speaking of Nature: Breakfast with a loon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My eyes just sort of opened. No alarm had rung, nor had there been any unfamiliar creaking in the rented house, I simply woke up. I fumbled for my watch and noted (with great satisfaction) that it was … 0

Trail Mix, Aug. 21

Thursday, August 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/ ∎ Astronomy Conjunction. On Friday, Aug., 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23, Northfield Mountain will host the 30th annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomer’s Conjunction. Enjoy the camaraderie of amateur … 0

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 … 0