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An adult common tern delivers a fresh fish to its excited and hungry chick.

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 nowhere in sight, which was a little alarming since it contained about $1,000 worth of lenses. That, combined with the fact that … 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 4:55 a.m. My beautiful wife was still sound asleep, so I didn’t exactly spring up … 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 to nest. Phoebes like little sheltered nooks under the eves of houses, or inside garages, … 0

Witness to the finch wars

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It is very easy to feel stressed out in this modern age. American society is based on information, communication and speed and it sometimes overwhelms the senses. At times, when the din of the Internet can feel like a veritable deluge of stupidity, it can be tempting to … 0

The Algonquin Pines:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This adventure is appropriate for lone hikers, couples, or entire families with young children. Your mission: seek out some giant trees; the results of 150 years of quiet, uninterrupted growth. Your destination is the Mohawk Trail State Forest, which lies on the western edge of Franklin County. Measuring … 0

Speaking of Nature: The red maple

Thursday, October 25, 2012

In the spring of 1988, at the tender age of 20, I walked into my first Dendrology class with great anticipation. Formally named Forestry 212 (Forest Botany), the course was something I had been waiting to take since I had enrolled in the Wildlife Biology program. From my … 0

Kids & Critters

Thursday, November 1, 2012

There is a bird that has reappeared at my feeders in the past few days. Gone for the summer months for reasons I’m not convinced I fully understand, this visitor is big, flashy, and dramatic. It also has a most peculiar name — the hairy woodpecker. In school, … 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