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Kids and Critters: Lots of little flowers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Fourth of July is this Saturday and I bet you can’t wait to see some fireworks. My favorites are the really big ones that spread out across the sky like giant flowers. I am particularly fond of blue fireworks, but there really aren’t too many blue flowers to choose from. So I decided to go looking through my collection … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Here are some of last week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A common gallinule continues to be reported at Lake … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 1, 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

Said & Done: Do you know your birds and bees?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the town of Fonda in New York State, there are deep pits in the side of a hill. If you work at it, you can scrape and scrabble in the earth around those pits and scratch up … 1

Speaking of Nature: To spot the Eastern towhee, you need to be in the right area

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sunday was Father’s Day, which also happened to coincide with the first day of summer. To celebrate, my beautiful wife Susan and I headed to Amherst to spend the weekend with my parents. Saturday was a beautiful sunny … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 24, 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 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: Two brothers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is one of the most recognizable species of mammals in North America. Evidence from the fossil record also suggests that it is one of the oldest and most successful species, appearing about 4 … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird Sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A common gallinule continues to be seen at Lake Wallace in Belchertown. The least bittern continues to be reported on Five Bridges Road in Brimfield. An Acadian flycatcher was found in central … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 17, 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 or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 10, 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 or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often … 0

Voice of Aububon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Cerulean warblers were also seen in Northfield and around the Quabbin Reservoir. Breeding waterfowl species included green-winged teal, common merganser, hooded merganser, common loon, double-crested cormorant, green heron and American bitter. Other … 0

Kids and Critters: The tree swallow

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Down the hill from my house, at the edge of my lawn, there is a post with a nest box on it. I placed this nest box in this particular location about 10 years ago and I have … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A snowy egret and a black-bellied plover were seen in Northampton. A gray-cheeked thrush and two clay-colored sparrows were found in Hadley. A sora was seen in Amherst and a short-billed dowitcher … 0