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How to spot New Hampshire’s resident rabbits

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Many people were on the lookout for a special rabbit recently. But if you didn’t catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny last week, don’t feel bad. There are plenty of reasons why rabbits are tricky to see, even the wild ones who live in New Hampshire. Our state is home to two native species of lagomorphs – the Snowshoe Hare and the New England Cottontail and the non-native Eastern …

Beautiful birches: Flexible forest dwellers are built to survive even the harshest conditions

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I’ve thought a lot about birch trees lately. One reason is that the clump of gray birches in our yard started the season by bowing down to the winter gods under the weight of the Thanksgiving snow. Though the day after that storm I shook the trees to relieve them of their burden, …

Take Me Outside: The secret lives of squirrels

Sunday, February 1, 2015

At this time of year many people enjoy feeding birds. Inevitably if you put up bird feeders, you’ll also end up feeding squirrels. While this can be frustrating, rather than spending energy and funds on “squirrel proofing” a feeding station, why not give-in to squirrel tenacity and enjoy some of the marvels of …

They are not all Pine Trees

Sunday, December 7, 2014

At this time of year many people spend time examining evergreen trees as they search for the perfect Christmas tree. For some, any evergreen will do, but for many people, choosing the perfect tree on which to hang …

Below the surface

Sunday, November 2, 2014

This summer I swam in many different lakes and ponds throughout central New Hampshire. Each body of water was unique. Some were wild and pristine with little sign of human activity. Others were ringed with houses and punctuated …

Sumac is a lovely addition to the fall landscape

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This year’s foliage season is shaping up to be a gorgeous one. Red maples in the swamps started the parade of color and the yellows of the birches and orange sugar maples are lining up to add their …

Take a closer look at fall webworms

Sunday, September 7, 2014

As we approach the “leaf peeper” season and eyes turn toward New England’s forest foliage, there’s something on the trees that is far less attractive than the anticipated autumn splash of color. Fall webworms, a native insect, form …

Passenger pigeon’s extinction, a somber remembrance

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Anniversaries are worth celebrating, but next month marks the 100th anniversary of a somber event. Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon was found dead in her cage in the Cincinnati Zoo, Sept. 1, 1914. This is perhaps the …

Take Me Outside: New Hampshire’s bats could use a hand

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer evenings provide opportunities for a lot of outdoor enjoyment. One free and natural treat of the twilight hours is observing the world’s only flying mammals, the bats. Don’t worry about them flying into your hair. Using echolocation, …

Take Me Outside: The power of the sun

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The house I live in is both heated and powered by the sun. I don’t pay for electricity, thanks to the 16 solar photovoltaic panels on my roof. But why am I writing about solar power in a …

Take Me Outside: The wonder of wild trillium

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Looking for wildflowers is one of my favorite spring activities and a walk in the woods at this time of year is sure to reveal some special treats as new plants emerge from the forest floor. On a …

Take Me Outside: It’s turkey time!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring is finally coming and as it does, wild animals are drastically changing their behavior. The earliest migrating birds, such as the red-winged blackbirds have returned. Resident chickadees are singing their spring song. Soon we’ll also be rewarded …

Take Me Outside: Snow fleas a sure sign of spring’s impending arrival

Sunday, March 2, 2014

This winter has tested us with plenty of cold weather and snow, but the recent warm spell gives hope that spring is coming. Warming weather also brings out one of the most common land insects in our area, …

Take Me Outside: Head out and look for the sights and sounds of New Hampshire’s ruffed grouse population

Sunday, February 2, 2014

If you have put on snowshoes and gone outside to enjoy the winter lately, you are not alone. Some wild animals, like the snowshoe hare, have naturally large feet to help them navigate across deep powder. But did …

Take Me Outside: Who does what in winter?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

This winter has been a mix of unseasonably warm days followed by bone chilling temperatures. If you have had trouble deciding whether to wear your raincoat or down jacket before heading outside, imagine what it must be like …