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NATURAL SCIENCE

NORWICH — Springtime is usually a busy time for four Vermont science museums with school field trips, family visitors and preparations for summer...

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...

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...

Late one January afternoon, my husband and I stood on the shore of a frozen pond below the summit of Camel’s Hump, admiring the view. Suddenly we...

Two chipmunks vie for seeds on our front lawn. One lives directly underneath the bird feeder. Another hails from the far side of the house, address...

How bald eagles weather winter

12/29/19

A couple of decades ago, I spent several winters living in Crested Butte, Colo., where I learned to peer into the cottonwood trees between Route...

Black-capped chickadees are one of the most frequent visitors to our bird feeders in winter, but do we really know them? This common bird exhibits...

Woolly bears are on the move

11/3/19

Woolly bear caterpillars seem to be everywhere these days — creeping across the lawn, along the road when I’m walking the dog, hidden in the wilted...

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...

Why your fire spits at you

10/6/19

This week feels like fall proper. It’s gray, drizzly, 50s; the kind of weather that makes you realize you’d better batten down the house for winter...

QUECHEE — After more than three decades of exploring, writing about and helping to preserve forest canopies around the world, biologist Meg Lowman...

A leafy, creepy carnivore

9/22/19

As a kid, I was fascinated and terrified by the idea of carnivorous plants. Growing up in suburban New Jersey, my only exposure to this subset of...

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