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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: 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

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 Hall at 1 p.m. Jointly sponsored by the Northfield Open Space Committee and … 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 and Pittsfield. A blue-winged teal, a common gallinule and a Virginia rail were found in Lenox. A northern harrier, a black-billed cuckoo and … 0

Speaking of Nature: The eastern phoebe

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Phoebes have been of special interest to me ever since I moved into my red house. Prior to that I never had the physical structures in any of my previous homes or apartments that would entice a phoebe … 0