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Shedding light on the stars


I’ve always been sorry I don’t know more about the stars and galaxies. I was especially sorry a few weeks ago when I went out early one morning...



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...

Plenty of backyard birdwatchers consider blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata) the villains of the avian world. Mark Twain best summarized anti-blue jay...

Forest lookouts great for views


There is just something special about spending time outside during a New Hampshire fall.The cool, crisp autumn air partnered with the beautiful...



Many people have curtailed travel plans this year because of COVID-19 but the virus has not interrupted travel plans for migrating birds. They are...

One summer day I lifted the black plastic top of our composter and jumped back, startled — a large snake was curled up on top of the compost. The...



At this time of year many people, not just gardeners, think about plants. Gardens are lush with flowers and ripening vegetables. Meadows, wetlands...

The Outside Story: Muskrats swimming through summer


We were touring the neighborhood backroads one summer evening when the kids noticed a sleek movement through a small pond. At first, we thought it...

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