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This preserved  passenger pigeon, held by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is shown Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, in Knoxville, Tenn.,  during the unveiling of a painting of the bird to benefit the Smokies' Tremont Institute.  Friends of the Smokies support organization contacted Sevierville artist Robert Tino, an established painter of Smoky Mountains scenes, to create a painting of the pigeon to benefit the Smokies' Tremont Institute _ a research and education center for students and scientists from around the country. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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, the passenger pigeon, also called the Wild … 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 column that focuses on nature? Because the sun not only makes energy for my house, … 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