Byline: By SUSAN SHEA

Outside story: Salamander Secrets

4/5/21

On a warm, rainy April night a few years ago, I drove up our muddy, rutted dirt road through the mist, steering around the wood frogs hopping...

Rat-a-tat-tat. Showers of acorns hit the ground and tapped our heads as my husband and I hiked the Appalachian Trail. Thousands of acorns strewn...

Fungi of the forest

11/1/20

A walk in the woods during fall is likely to reveal an array of forest fungi. Ranging from delicate, tan mini-umbrellas to fleshy, white softballs...

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...

Recently I saw a beautiful orange butterfly speckled with black — a great spangled fritillary — feeding on orange hawkweed in a meadow. I observed...

I grew up on a street lined with tall, stately elms. While walking to school one day, I found a bird’s nest that the wind had blown down. The nest...

I love that time in spring when the hills around my house change from gray and brown to shades of yellow, green and red. The trees have not yet...



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