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The male bluebird delivers lunch to some hungry chicks.

Speaking of Nature: Bill's bumper crop of bluebirds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

With mid-July behind us, it is now safe to say that the breeding season of our local songbirds is starting to wind down for the year. Some species, like the yellow warbler, may have already packed up for the season and started their move south. Others, like the red-winged blackbirds and grackles, still have hordes of hungry fledglings following them wherever they go. But here and there, if you look in the right places, you can still find birds that have tiny chicks in their nests. One such place where these sorts of tiny birds can still be found is Box 21 on the western … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American robin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Whether it’s dawn, or dusk, there is always one prominent song in the world of birds; that of the American robin (Turdus migratorius). Bright and clear, this song carries quite some distance and brings with it the positive, hopeful, emphatic mood of the songster himself. The world just wouldn’t be the same without … 0

Speaking of Nature: Green Herons

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The phone call came on the afternoon of July 3. It was not at all unusual for the phone to ring because of the long list of telemarketers that somehow seem to get my number. No, what made this phone call unusual was the person on the other end of the line. It … 0

Speaking of Nature: Turning 600! (columns)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It snuck up on me this time. There I was, minding my own business and all of a sudden it was upon me. Perhaps it was the random coincidence with the beginning of the school year, or even the beauty of autumn’s arrival, but whatever the reason, I … 0

Speaking of Nature

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The birds at my feeder have found themselves in a rather interesting situation during the past few weeks. Accustomed to the loud, flamboyant behavior of blue jays and even the occasional (very occasional) visit by a crow, they have had to adapt to a new sort of visitor. … 0

Hitting high gear

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Four weeks ago, you probably found yourself getting ready for school. Your list of things to do might have included getting some pencils, paper and notebooks. It’s also possible that you needed to think about some new shoes or some new clothes. You had spent the entire summer … 0

Speaking of Nature: The Cottonwood

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sunday was a magnificent day and I made the most of it by parking myself on my porch. In the cool of the morning, I was able to sit back with a cup of coffee and listen to the tail end of the dawn chorus. At this point, … 0

Speaking of Nature: Movement & Change

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Everything is in motion all around us. The molecules of gas in the atmosphere swirl and mix daily, the planet itself is hurtling through space as it orbits the sun, even the ground under our feet is moving. Everything changes. It’s just a matter of time and attention … 0

Speaking of Nature: October's ghost's

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Well, another Columbus Day has been entered into the record books. This one was as late into the month of October as a Columbus Day can be and it turned out to be another really nice one. The weather cooperated and everyone that spent the weekend at my … 0

Speaking of Nature: Why is winter coming?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I’m teaching AP Environmental Science once again and I’ve decided to cover the geologic history of the Earth early in the class because of the dramatic change of season that takes place at this time of year. As one of the regular assignments for the class, I have … 0

Kids & Critters: maple leaves

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Well, October is finally here. Some may say April is the best month of the year, while others might suggest that May is actually better. For my money, the most beautiful month of the year in New England is October. The spectacular colors of fall don’t last long, … 0

The Great Birdseed Heist

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It’s 4:50 on Sunday afternoon and I am sitting out on my deck. The temperature never really got too high today and with a stiff breeze blowing in a swirling pattern around the yard, the comforts of summer seem long gone. The sky is a bright blue typical … 0

Quiet, small, beautiful

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The comforting thing about the passage of time is that many things stay constant from year to year. The constant speed of the Earth in its orbit around the sun produces seasons of predictable duration in a pattern … 0

The three amigos

Thursday, September 12, 2013

School is back in session and I find myself in front of students once again. This year is a particular pleasure because I’ll be teaching an elective course called Environmental Science. These students are in their senior year and they are motivated enough to take an extra science … 0

Kids & Critters: The amber snail

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Now that school has started up again, we can all start reminiscing about the good old days of summer. Places we went, people we saw and things we did are all fodder for the memory machine, but one of the most powerful memories I’ll have is that of … 0