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A Taraxacum seed head, otherwise known as a dandelion,  is photographed in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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 fruit. When plants create their seeds, one …

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, like a communal undulating body. But for those of us who enjoy watching birds, “waves” …

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 state is home to two native species of lagomorphs – the Snowshoe Hare and the …

Take Me Outside: Turtle talk

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A female painted turtle was the focus of much curiosity and exploration among a group of preschoolers I spent time with recently. She had climbed out of the Merrimack River, crawled through the shoreline buffer of silver maples and clambered across a lawn in search of a sunny …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …