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One spring-like afternoon this winter, I was skiing near Middlebury, Vt. The trail followed Otter Creek, weaving through cedar patches, hemlock...

Seals suspicious of masked handlers

4/13/20

BOSTON — Humans can’t always recognize each other in face masks, so imagine the confusion that wild animals in captivity must feel.At the New...

Sometimes it pays to be an insomniac. One frigid winter night, I climbed out of my restless bed and slipped outside to stand under a sky littered...

This is such a disorienting time, when all our lives have been turned upside down and shaken. One of the ways my own family is coping is by...

The Outside Story: Life at 39 degrees

3/8/20

On a picture-perfect winter morning last year, 20 Saint Michael’s College students and I visited Vermont Fish and Wildlife scientists for ice...

The Outside Story: Frozen frogs underfoot

2/24/20

Every once in a while, as I’m tramping through the winter woods on my snowshoes, it occurs to me that I am walking on top of frogs. In winter, our...

Pileated woodpeckers are winter’s excavators

2/10/20

Whenever I spy a pileated woodpecker traversing the sky, I pause to watch its weird undulating flight. The jerky rise-and-drop movement of this...

With restored sight, Banner the falcon has relearned the world

2/9/20

DEERING, N.H. — These days, when Nancy Cowan greets her famous falcon named Banner, she offers a bow and utters a little “chup” as a hello.Banner...

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