Speaking of Nature
Bill Danielson photo
An adult turkey vulture is hard to miss because of its red head.

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

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 … 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 was most excited about science, art and recess. These three were my favorites because they … 0

Speaking of Nature: The tree swallow

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

One of my favorite things to do on a summer evening is to sit on my deck and soak in the sights and sounds of the evening. There is an open meadow down the hill from my house … 0

Speaking of Nature: the snapping turtle

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May is a time of new life. Flowering plants begin to seek help from the insects, offering nectar in the hope that the insects will accidentally assist in cross-pollination. Birds, many of whom have just finished migrating great … 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

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

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

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

Kids & Critters: The red-winged blackbird

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Springtime is finally here and even though Mother Nature may still have a few tricks up her sleeve, we can finally start to feel the change of the seasons. The days are gradually getting longer and with the … 0

Speaking of Nature: Spring has pressed the button

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, this is it. We stand on the precipice of time and look out into the vast expanse of the future with optimism and the hint of a smile on our collective faces, … 0

Speaking of Nature: Elusive & unforgettable

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I purchased my first camera in January of 1998. I knew nothing about photography. More importantly, I knew nothing about nature photography. I didn’t understand the exasperating situations I would find myself in, the long periods of waiting, … 0

Speaking of Nature: A winter-thrush trifecta!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of the satisfying aspects of keeping a field journal is the fact that you have your own personal record of past events. It’s a silly thing, I know, but I take great delight in saying, “To My … 0

Kids & Critters: a fat rabbit

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All winter long, I have been noticing something rather odd. It doesn’t happen every single night, but at least a couple times a week it appears as though rabbits will walk out onto my deck. This is odd … 0

Speaking of Nature: The hairy woodpecker

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I had every intention of writing a story about Florida for today’s column. I was going to select some wonderfully exotic bird for which I had wonderfully exotic photos and I would then weave an intricate story about … 0