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NATURAL HISTORY

Janet Hayward Burnham, of Bethel, was driving to the bank one day when she saw a tree on the side of the road that looked like it was covered in...

When I was growing up, my family rented a vacation home on a mountain in southern Vermont. One night we were awakened by our dogs barking. Soon we...

When you think about the essential landforms of the Northeast, what comes to mind? The mountains, of course. The lakes. Of course. Rivers? Probably...

Otters Slide for an Obvious Reason: Fun

2/26/18

I have been living with an otter. He’s long and sleek, a graceful swimmer with an insatiable appetite for fish. At first he was just my boy, a...

Visitors From the North

2/11/18

I have been keeping a close watch on my birdfeeders. Not only because I love seeing the juncos and goldfinches that arrive in flocks, and the black...

On the night of Dec. 3, 2017, a moon rose that was unlike any other of the year. Not only was it full, but it was at the closest point to earth...

I have spent about a decade as a backyard birder and have learned quite a bit in that time. I can instantly recognize the call of a red-winged...

If you’ve ever seen chevrons on the bark of an American beech, you know you’re looking at a tree that’s been hugged by a black bear. And you’ve...

The Outside Story: Winter’s Sad, Slow Flies

12/17/17

So here’s my movie concept: during a laboratory accident, a scientist exchanges his DNA with a fly. Over the next few weeks, our hero slowly...

Coyotes Prepare for Winter

11/19/17

Eight years ago, my husband and I planted 128 fruit trees on a hillside, mostly apples, but the back few rows included stone fruits. Our apples...

Outside Story: Roadkill Is Rarely Random

11/6/17

Every so often, my friend David texts me a picture of roadkill. A fisher trailing a single strand of blood-red sinew. A wind-roused pile of...

Outside Story: Bears Are Making Their Winter Beds

10/22/17

The fields around our home are something of a bear buffet from mid-summer through fall: wild blueberries in July followed by blackberries, then...

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