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PHOTO: Wandering wildlife
05-01-2023 11:42 AM


Speaking of Nature: Hidden gem — The trout lily
04-29-2023 10:19 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was the Friday of my spring break week and the weather had finally improved. The previous weekend had been beautiful with record-setting high temperatures, but I had been fortunate enough to pick up a case of strep throat from one of my students...


Earth Matters: Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly
04-24-2023 6:33 PM

By DAVID SPECTOR

Mallards are the ducks most likely to be seen in park ponds. The male is readily identified by his green head and narrow white neck-band; the brown female, superficially similar to the females of several other duck species, shares the male’s...


Speaking of Nature: Eight-minute appearance — A male evening grosbeak 
04-23-2023 1:31 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I am sure that some of you may have looked at today’s photo and thought, “That’s not a plant.” I know that I had made a New Year’s resolution to focus more attention on plants this year, but Nature herself threw me a curveball when this gorgeous male...


PHOTO: Just ducky
04-06-2023 8:16 PM


My Turn: Killing coyotes is no answer — we must learn to live with them
04-03-2023 3:22 PM

By RENEE SEACOR and JOHN MAGURANIS

City dwellers take many forms. In Boston and cities across Massachusetts, hundreds of different species call our cities home, including foxes, raccoons, bald eagles and coyotes.It’s surprising for most urban dwellers to learn that species such as...


PHOTO: Hillside herd
04-02-2023 12:52 PM


PHOTO: A bird’s eye view
03-26-2023 1:14 PM


PHOTO: Birds of a feather
03-20-2023 7:13 PM


Speaking of Nature: Great Plains nomad — The brown-headed cowbird
03-19-2023 9:48 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

In the year 1500, just a blink of an eye before Europeans started migrating into North America in large numbers, the ecology of the “New World” was relatively stable. Forests of various types dominated the eastern third of the continent, forests of...


Speaking of Nature: The biggest rabbit I’ve ever seen
03-12-2023 11:02 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

So far, this winter has been remarkably average. Some areas might be a little low on snowfall levels, but the temperature has been about average for most days. I’d say it has been a cloudy, gray winter, but nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to...


PHOTO: Taking to the sky
03-12-2023 2:01 PM


PHOTO: Foraging fowl
03-06-2023 6:53 PM


Speaking of Nature: Conflict — The fight for survival
03-05-2023 6:15 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

We’ve reached that point in the school year when my biology students have learned about Gregor Mendel, his experiments with pea plants and the general concepts of genes and heredity. We’ve also taken a look at the structures and basic functions of DNA...


Speaking of Nature: And so it begins — The return of the season’s first migrants
02-26-2023 10:44 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

One of the things I really like about the beginning of any calendar year is the delightful process of beginning new lists. I keep track of all sorts of things, from bird sightings, to temperature readings, to the blooming dates of flowers, but the one...


PHOTO: Mirroring merganser
02-11-2023 10:08 AM


State offers coyote hazing tips
02-07-2023 4:37 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

Coyotes are present in every Massachusetts city and town, according to state wildlife officials, who are out Tuesday with new tips to prevent rare “negative coyote encounters” during their ongoing mating season.“Whenever you see a coyote in your yard,...


Earth Matters: Gay penguins, mutual aid and the myth of survival of the fittest
01-06-2023 6:09 PM

By MONYA RELLES

Have you heard about gay penguins? You may remember Ray and Silo, the gay penguins of the Central Park Zoo of 2004, proud parents of their own adopted chick. Since then, there have been dozens of gay penguins in zoos, in news articles and even on TV’s...


PHOTO: Restful reflections
01-06-2023 3:53 PM


Athol Bird and Nature Club asking for help for raptor rehabilitator
04-18-2022 5:58 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — Members of the Athol Bird and Nature Club do more than watch birds in the wild. Sometimes, they rescue them. Club President David Small said he sends about a half-dozen birds to the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway each year.Now,...

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