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Voles change behavior with the seasons


Bent down in an apple field searching for a lost earring, I found a different treasure: a stout mouse-like animal, with a short tail and stubby...

There’s nothing barren about pine barrens


Pine barrens are certainly piney — but they’re not the least bit barren. They were so named not because they lack life, but because colonists found...

Last October, a young student in one of my nature journaling workshops pointed out a fuzzy yellow caterpillar with long black tufts. “Those kind...

As I waded in Lake Champlain one summer, a fellow bather explained that just a little farther out, refreshing spring water would cool my feet. I...

Dragonfly migration still mostly a mystery


Sitting in a grassy field at Townshend State Park on a late summer day, I watched dozens of dragonflies roaming the sky. Their slender bodies...

Conservation success or pests? Seals spark passionate debate


PORTLAND, Maine — Nick Muto has fished up and down the New England coast and there is nothing that gets his blood boiling more than the sight of a...


New England is home to dozens of species of mammals, hundreds of varieties of birds, and tens of thousands of different insects, but only one...

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

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