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Report: Humans still putting ‘untenable burden’ on right whales
10-23-2023 12:34 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The critically endangered North Atlantic right whale population might be starting to level off after years of decline, but researchers said human activities still present significant ongoing threats to the species.At its annual meeting this week in...


Greenfield Tree Committee seeks volunteers for Saturday planting
10-18-2023 12:29 PM

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Tree Committee is seeking up to 10 volunteers to help with its final tree planting event of the season at the John Zon Community Center.The planting will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m.Gina Siepel, who joined the Tree...


Rebecca Todd named Connecticut River Conservancy’s new executive director
10-16-2023 4:31 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Years ago, Rebecca Todd and her roommate decided to cap off their first year at Dartmouth College by paddling home on the Connecticut River — from Hanover, New Hampshire to Walpole, New Hampshire.“I wouldn’t say that was the start of my...


Speaking of Nature: Growing in a quiet corner — the nannyberry
10-15-2023 3:46 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

“One has only to sit down in the woods or fields, or by the shore of the river or the lake, and nearly everything of interest will come round to him, — the birds, the animals, the insects; and presently, after his eye has got accustomed to place, and...


Speaking of Nature: A new face among old friends — the Blue-headed Vireo
10-08-2023 10:11 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Well, dear reader. I find myself presented with an increasingly rare opportunity to introduce you to a species that has not been discussed in the past 26 years of my column. As time has marched on I have seen one species of bird after another, but to...


Cooperative expands on work to restore, manage native migratory fishes
10-06-2023 7:33 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — Federal, state and nonprofit partners launched the new Connecticut River Migratory Fish Restoration Cooperative on Thursday to expand on work to restore and manage native migratory fishes and their habitats in New England’s largest...


Mohawk Trail State Forest harbors ‘hidden wonders’ in Trees of Peace grove
10-04-2023 3:21 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — With campsites at the Mohawk Trail State Forest closed due to water system and infrastructure repairs, park rangers have been enjoying the glory of this state gem with more solitude than in previous years.“I have been getting people to...


Trout Unlimited plants shrubs in Buckland to protect aquatic life, combat climate change
10-02-2023 3:42 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

BUCKLAND — In a multifaceted effort to protect aquatic life in the wake of climate change, representatives with the Deerfield River Watershed Chapter of conservation nonprofit Trout Unlimited planted 24 shrubs along the east bank of Clesson Brook on...


Hearing on wetlands regulations continues Wednesday in Shutesbury
09-25-2023 12:19 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — The Conservation Commission, bringing a series of new and revised wetlands regulations forward for public review, will continue a hearing on the proposal Wednesday night, after being forced to delay taking input when the virtual meeting...


‘It’s amazing what an hour can do’: Volunteers unite for annual rivers cleanup
09-24-2023 2:32 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — Many hands came together to make light work of cleaning up the Connecticut River Watershed over the weekend, ensuring that discarded litter and debris stays out of the region’s bodies of water.The Greenfield-based Connecticut River...


$118K to boost outdoor recreation, forestry practices in four towns
09-24-2023 2:05 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Four Franklin County towns received a total of $117,637 as part of a $460,000 round of Woodlands Partnership Grants from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs that will be used to improve access to outdoor recreation in town and...


State research project aims to study bear population size, distribution
09-24-2023 12:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Experts say that if you encounter a bear it is important to immediately make yourself look big, talk very calmly and slowly back away.But after that, if you saw the carnivoran mammal in Massachusetts, you can go to bit.ly/3raabc8 to report the...


Learning to be land stewards: Pioneer to make use of resources for environmental education
09-24-2023 11:46 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — With the most land of any school district in Massachusetts, this year the Pioneer Valley Regional School District is setting off on a long-term environmental and outdoor education initiative to make use of that natural resource.In...


UMass, USGS researchers get grant to test new fish ladder
09-21-2023 1:52 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and U.S. Geological Survey are teaming up to address the impact of hydropower installations on fish migration patterns, thanks to a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy they...


Uniting over ‘a great love’ for Green River: 20th annual cleanup takes place this weekend
09-18-2023 4:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

David Boles considers himself fortunate.He grew up in upstate New York’s Niagara County, which he said had some of the most polluted water in the country. But 45 years ago, when he moved to Greenfield, he marveled at the area’s water quality.“I live...


Nature Photo Contest: Sept. 18, 2023
09-17-2023 9:33 AM

Nature Photo Contest


Speaking of nature: I want that fly — Observations of a hungry magnolia warbler
09-17-2023 9:31 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

The first week of September was appalling. The highest combination of head and humidity that we had experienced all summer all presented in a heat wave that lasted for four days. Then, even though the temperatures moderated somewhat, the humidity...


Lack of bottle, can redemption program in Wendell could impact food pantry
09-08-2023 5:08 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The Wendell Recycling and Transfer Station stopped redeeming bottles and cans over the summer, a change that is expected to impact the Good Neighbors Food Pantry that was receiving the money generated from those refundable items.Resident Tom...


Local advocates press Healey to fund Municipal Reforestation Program
09-06-2023 5:36 PM

By MARY BYRNE

Franklin County advocates were among the 21 groups and 258 people to sign a letter sent to the Healey administration on Tuesday, encouraging passage of a bill that would provide funding for a Municipal Reforestation Program.The letter asks that the...


McGovern bill would suspend dozens of pesticides banned in other countries pending EPA review
09-03-2023 2:37 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern has introduced a bill in Congress that could ban dozens of pesticides in the United States, including many banned in other countries. The bill, known as the Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act, would update...

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