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Birch trees remain bent over Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, under the weight of ice from Monday's ice storm, in Litchfield, Maine.  Up to 7 inches of snow is forecast, worrying utilities that the additional weight on branches and transmission lines could cause setbacks in the around-the-clock efforts to restore power. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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 the day after that storm I shook the trees to relieve them of their burden, a couple of them still have a …

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 feeding station, why not give-in to squirrel tenacity and enjoy some of the marvels of …

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 shiny ornaments, family heirlooms, treasures made by small hands, souvenirs from vacations and twinkling lights …