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A grouse by any other name

10/21/19

On spring evenings, just before dark, I used to hear a faint drumroll coming from somewhere off in the wooded hills. It sounded to me like an old...

“Squish, squash.” I was walking gingerly on a soft, spongy carpet of sphagnum moss in a northern Vermont bog. Magenta blossoms decorated the sheep...

Last February, you might have seen news stories about an impending insect apocalypse.“Huge global extinction risk.” “Plummeting insect numbers...

NEW YORK — With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider...

A regular chore of mine is to dispose of the mice and moles trapped in our home. I place them on a 4-by-5-foot patch of dirt and rock — which I...

Freshwater mussels near extinction

7/14/19

Freshwater mussels are not exactly charismatic. They don’t flit gracefully about like a Karner blue butterfly, or munch on clover like a cottontail...

A moth with ‘bird’ in its name

6/16/19

One afternoon last summer, my partner, Rick, called me out onto our deck to see a tiny hummingbird. Not just tiny, but the tiniest hummingbird he...

BOSTON — A plan to develop an acoustic system to chase away seals in order to prevent shark attacks is the latest front in the debate about how...

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