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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...

GORHAM, N.H. — Efforts are underway to save a rare species of butterfly in the mountains of New Hampshire, but scientists are still learning about...

Are brighter monarchs better flyers?


The September before my daughter was born, my husband and I went for our last pre-baby hike around Camel’s Hump. We stopped for a snack on the...

Some of my favorite children’s books describe life cycles as heroic tales of persistence and redemption. From “The Ugly Duckling” to “The Very...

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...

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