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Web worms, which have taken up residence in this Cherry Lane tree in Frostburg, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, are invading the Western Maryland area in large numbers this year. Officials say mild winters may be to blame and that the worms pose no threat to trees.   (AP Photo/Cumberland Times-News,Diane Fair)

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 gauzy balloon-like structures on the tips of many tree branches. The webworm is not a worm at all, but the larva or … 0

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 only extinct creature for which we know the date and time of its vanishing. However, … 1

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, they are adept at avoiding all obstacles and honing in on the object of their … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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, … 1

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 … 0

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 … 1

Hunting season ends today, but there are still plenty of challenges ahead for New Hampshire’s deer

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Today is the final day of deer hunting season in New Hampshire; however, those animals who have escaped the arrows and bullets still have plenty of challenges ahead. Deep snow and severe cold are hard on them, but … 3

Take Me Outside: A Fall Witch – Not what you think

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The woods are transforming from myriad shades of summer green to glorious autumn reds, oranges and yellows. But leaves are not the only thing adding color to our brag-worthy New England forests. One source of yellow is the … 0

Take Me Outside: Sept. 1 marks beginning of official hawk migration season

Sunday, September 1, 2013

For some people, the start of September means it’s back-to-school time. For others, it’s a reminder of how short summers are in New Hampshire. Yet for those of us who love spectacular natural phenomena, Today marks the beginning … 0

Take Me Outside: A look at cicadas

Sunday, August 4, 2013

When I was growing up we called them “heat bugs” because they buzzed on the hottest days of summer. The high-pitched whine of the annual cicada is usually heard during the hot, “dog days” of summer, so they … 0

New Hampshire’s snakes are fascinating creatures who love the summer sun

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer is the time when many folks head to the beach or hang out by the pool to soak up some sun. But people aren’t the only sun worshippers. Reptiles like the common garter (not garden) snake cannot … 0

Take Me Outside: Find the forest's hidden spring blooms

Sunday, May 5, 2013

April showers have been uncommon this spring, but there will still be May flowers carpeting the forest floor. These spring beauties provide a good reason to venture into the woods in the coming weeks. Canada mayflowers, also known … 0