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Speaking of Nature: The first wildflower


Ever since writing last week’s column on the definition of a wildflower I have been scanning the roadside looking for even the slightest trace of...

Even if you love winter like me, you’re probably also heartened by the signs of spring that have emerged recently. Skunk cabbage flowers are...


Tiny green shoots have emerged from the depths of my favorite swamp.They remind me of the whiffle haircuts I received alongside my seven brothers...

What’s the best way to travel from the US-Canada border to the ocean?By boat, of course.The Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail (CRPT) is a series of...

Cast in shadow


They lie beneath towering oak trees and sway gently over wild flower-laden fields. Moss-covered rocks and rotting logs thrive in their embrace...

The American woodcock, part II


After 23 years of working as a professional naturalist and nature photographer, it is a rare and wonderful thing for me to be able to introduce you...

Warming weather


Is it too soon to declare the start of mud season?I awoke today to reports from the hill towns of roads being closed due to mud — open to local...

The last days of winter


It was the kind of wind that loosens the wooden siding and shakes the glass windows. When I emerged from my apartment-turned-fortress the next day,...

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