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Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-24-2024 1:31 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are a...

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‘As the woods wake up, it’s my favorite time’: Turkey hunters relish spring season
05-17-2024 12:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Boston Red Sox season will still be warming up by the end of this month, with about 110 games remaining before the playoffs. But outdoor sportsmen across Massachusetts will have already hung up their gear until around the time the World Series...


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: More successful tales from the hunt
05-08-2024 4:06 PM

With this year’s wild turkey hunting season nearing the end of a second full week, stories have been coming in from all over the state from friends and colleagues who’ve had a great start to the 2024 season. And with two full weeks-plus remaining, I...


Speaking of Nature: Bird of my dreams, it’s you: Spotting a White-tailed Tropicbird on our cruise in Bermuda
04-29-2024 7:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was the morning of April 16 and I was up early. It seems to be impossible for me to sleep late at this time of year because I am so excited about seeing the first birds of the season, but this particular morning was a little different. It was the...


PHOTO: Flowing falls
04-23-2024 2:17 PM


Speaking of Nature: ‘Those sound like chickens’: Wood frogs and spring peepers are back — and loud as ever
04-22-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

During a recent lecture on evolutioin I had to explain the differences between three different processes known as geographic, temporal and behavioral isolation. Geographic isolation is the easiest of these concepts to understand because it involves...


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: Don’t feed those turkeys
04-10-2024 3:39 PM

MassWildlife reminds us that April through May is the height of the breeding season for wild turkeys and, as a result, turkey activity is increasing daily across the Commonwealth.In some areas turkeys may even act aggressively by pecking, following,...


Speaking of Nature: Molting for amore: Spring has arrived and male goldfinches are starting to molt into their nuptial plumage
04-08-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It just so happens that I am a creature of habit and I always write my column on a Thursday. On this particular morning I find myself luxuriating in an unexpected, but most welcome, deviation from my normal routine. A huge winter storm has arrived and...


PHOTO: Two by two
03-30-2024 11:26 AM


DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-27-2024 5:23 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

It seems people from all over are anxious for spring to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Franklin and Hampshire counties are filling up fast.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation reports that at least 756 total...


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: A call to the creator
03-27-2024 2:34 PM

As opening day of the 2024 turkey hunting season slowly approaches, I found myself wandering into my den looking over my collection of turkey calls while reaching for certain ones that have meant something to me over the years. Now, this yearly...


PHOTO: Peaceful park
03-20-2024 4:25 PM


Speaking of Nature: One lucky duck: Stumbling upon an entire flotilla of Common Mergansers
03-18-2024 5:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was a rainy Sunday morning at the beginning of March and I was suffering from cabin fever. It hasn’t been a particularly cold winter, but I had been cooped up nonetheless. Saturday had gone by without incident, like so many Saturday’s since the new...


PHOTO: Pups and pinecones
03-17-2024 8:24 AM


PHOTOS: Springing to life
03-14-2024 1:31 PM


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: The history behind those little green stickers
03-13-2024 4:01 PM

A few weeks back during this year’s Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, I found myself in conversation with many different people regarding the green “hunt safely” stickers that are required by law in Massachusetts to have positioned on your gun during...


Speaking of Nature: The bird that surprised me: Brown Creeper uncommon for most of year, expertly camoflauges among dead trees
03-04-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was the end of a very long day, but, because of the increasing daylight that we have all been enjoying, it was still light out when I got home. I pulled up to the garage, but I had to get out to open the garage door because my door opener had died....


PHOTO: Clear day on the ice
02-29-2024 2:47 PM


Speaking of Nature: From rare to regular: The Carolina Wren may soon become a regular backyard bird for all of us
02-26-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2023 was the warmest year ever recorded. I remember it being hot in the summertime, but I think the effect of this heat was most noticed by me in the autumn. The Thinking Chair...


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: See you this weekend at the 40th Annual Springfield Sportsmen’s Show
02-21-2024 5:06 PM

Right now, people from across New England are gearing up for this year’s 40th Annual Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, as OSEG’s (Outdoor Sports Expo Group) Doug Sousa again welcomes folks to the Eastern States Exposition for this week’s event being held...


PHOTO: Getting sappy
02-13-2024 4:46 PM

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