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Blue jays are remarkable creatures

Sunday, November 1, 2015

As the glorious oranges, yellows and reds of October foliage fade into more the subdued bronzes and caramels of November, there is one color that is still brilliant in autumn branches – the flash of blue from the boisterous blue jay. These common birds are often maligned and accused of raiding other birds’ nests, hogging birdseed at feeders or just …

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, …

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: 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Take Me Outside: Nesting phoebes are a sign of the season

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Each spring I enjoy knowing that the eaves of my porch provide a nursery for a family of Eastern phoebes. This year is no exception – we have babies! For the past week I’ve been watching and listening as tiny waving heads with proportionally huge and gaping mouths …