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Take Me Outside: Signs of summer’s unavoidable end

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I love the palette of wildflowers that decorate the landscape and mark the stages of summer. In June the roadsides were blanketed with daisies and lupines. July brought the vibrant red, orange and yellow hues of beebalm and lilies. But August is when Queen Anne’s lace and goldenrod take over. I enjoy these flowers, but also greet them with a bit of melancholy, for their arrival marks the beginning of …

Take Me Outside: Spiders are amazing creatures

Saturday, July 11, 2015

What group of animals includes individuals who can walk on water, change their appearance, carry young on their back and recycle their home? Examples of these creatures can be found in your yard, or even your house. They are amazing . . . spiders. Before you skip to another article thinking you don’t like spiders, read on. You may discover that spiders are …

Take Me Outside: Seeds Are Flying

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Autumn, the harvest season, is usually when we expect to see seeds. But if you have spent much time outside lately, you’ve probably noticed that there’s something in the air, and it’s not just pollen. Seeds are flying! Many of the earliest flowers of spring have already been pollinated and are producing mature …

Welcoming back our migrating feathered friends

Sunday, May 10, 2015

For some, the term “waves” may conjure up an image of sea water surging onto a beach, receding and returning in a repetitive flow. Others may picture crowds in a sports stadium synchronously standing and lifting their arms, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …