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Two wild male turkeys stand in Mary Jane Froese's parents yard in Staten Island, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in New York.  They are among a population of roving turkeys that has become a mess-making, traffic-stopping scourge to some residents, an unexpected bit of makeshift nature to others and a fraught project for government officials. Since dozens of the turkeys were rounded up and killed this summer, the birds’ future has become as a topic as heated as a Thanksgiving meat thermometer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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 by the sounds and displays of the eastern wild turkey. April is the time when male turkeys conduct their courtship behavior to … 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, the snow flea or springtail. These tiny creatures measure about one-tenth of an inch in … 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 you know that one of our local birds also has snowshoe feet? The Ruffed Grouse, … 0

Take Me Outside: Let's hear it for the birds

Sunday, May 6, 2012

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. This book was a wakeup call about how the broad use of pesticides, namely DDT, was killing birds and harming the environment. Carson warned that if such indiscriminant chemical application continued, our springs would … 0

Take Me Outside: Light show

Sunday, July 1, 2012

This is the week when many communities put on firework displays in celebration of our nation's birthday. However, there is also a natural light show that began last month and can be observed for the next several weeks, thanks to our resident fireflies. Fireflies are sometimes called glowworms … 0

Take Me Outside: The wonders of migration

Sunday, April 7, 2013

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Take Me Outside: Feathered friends

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The weather has been fickle this winter, but one thing I could count on was visits by downy woodpeckers to my suet feeder. "Downies," like most of the woodpeckers in this area, are present year-round, so it's easy to take them for granted. They aren't colorful like a … 0

Take Me Outside: Keep an eye out for possums 

Friday, March 1, 2013

As the weather begins to warm in March, some animals that have been relatively inactive all winter begin to make their presence known. One such creature is the opossum. Native to more southern regions, this cat-sized mammal is … 0

Take Me Outside: The truth behind Groundhog Day

Sunday, February 3, 2013

By the time you read this we’ll know if the groundhog saw its shadow and how much more winter we have to endure – or not! The tradition of the groundhog emerging on Feb. 2 to predict the … 0

Take Me Outside: To learn more about the trees around you, take a look at their bark

Sunday, January 6, 2013

any of nature’s treasures have been buried by recent snow. Yet trees offer opportunities for exploration regardless of snow depth or season. Tree bark has many functions and upon close examination varies considerably from one species to another. … 0

Take Me Outside: Geminid meteor showers will light up the darkness of December

Monday, December 10, 2012

According to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar, the world may end Dec. 21. Others say that the turning of this chronicle of time is actually a reason for celebration. Whether you are paying attention to either of … 0

Take Me Outside: Acorns are falling on my head

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lately when walking in the woods, I feel like I should be wearing a hard hat. Acorns are raining down, thunking on the ground, pinging on metal roofs and causing my chickens to think the sky is falling. Yet for some birds and mammals the acorns are manna … 0

Take Me Outside: Sounds like fall

Sunday, September 2, 2012

‘ Green leaves are fading and some are starting to turn red. Children and teachers are heading back to school. Many signs tell us that the seasons are changing. Some of those clues are the prominent sounds of crickets and grasshoppers as they perform their late summer swansong. … 0

Take Me Outside: What's so fascinating about ferns?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

' The recent rain has brought much needed moisture to our region and returned the woods to a panorama of lush textures and colors. Some of the main contributors to this array of verdant frilliness are ferns. Ferns are ancient plants. Fossil records show that they first appeared … 0