Recent Discussions

  • When Tapping, Don’t Disregard Red Maple

    January 18th 2017
    I don’t know, Troy, because “wet” and “dry” are both such subjective terms. It’s probably a safe bet that the more vigorous looking tree or trees will produce the most sap. Look especially at the… Read More »

  • A Brief History of the Brown Paper Company

    January 18th 2017
    My Grandfather and Great-Grandfather worked together for the Brown Company in 1915 -1925 in an area “north of St. Raymond, Quebec”. How can I learn more exactly where the 3+ million acres the company owned… Read More »

  • When Tapping, Don’t Disregard Red Maple

    January 16th 2017
    I have red maples in both wet areas of my property and in dry. Will I get more sap from the wet area maples because of the excess moisture? Read More »

  • Boisterous Blue Jays Flock in Winter

    January 16th 2017
    Informative and entertaining. It is always fun to see how quickly the jays arrive after I put out some peanuts. They are welcome neighbors. Read More »

  • Lost Histories: The Story of New England's Stone Chambers

    January 15th 2017
    We have many stone cairns and other stone structures in central Massachusetts. Contrary to a comment made above, there are many historical references by colonists to Native American stone cairns and structures.  See nativestone.com.  Is… Read More »

  • The Place You Call Home

    January 14th 2017
    Upon hiring a local forester to help me with my land, he arrived with a copy of The Place You Call Home (A Guide to Caring for Your Land in Connecticut). A masterpiece. Thank you!… Read More »

  • Christmas on the Farm: A How-to For Christmas Tree Growers

    January 11th 2017
    Hi Cory, I have a research question for a book I’m writing. The book is set in Montana and some scenes involve a Christmas Tree farm. I’m trying to picture how the trees would be… Read More »

  • Logging Companies and Workers Comp

    January 11th 2017
    Your rates for NYS are what the self insured group WJ COX would be, but with the State Ins Fund , I do believe they beat the Vermont rates. Read More »

  • The Tadpoles of Winter

    January 10th 2017
    I found two tiny tadpoles with no legs in a puddle with almost an inch of ice. They are not frogs, so I don’t know what to feed them. Does anyone know? Read More »

  • 1,000 Words

    January 10th 2017
    I grew up near this forest. It is absolutely worth a visit! Read More »

  • The Arthropods Among Us

    January 9th 2017
    A timely article, as we were just discussing the other day how pests like scaly bugs manage to infest our indoor plants. Read More »

  • Weasels Begin to Put on Winter Whites

    January 9th 2017
    Sharon, not all individual weasels change fur color, so it’s certainly possible. That said, I wonder if you saw a mink. I can’t guess based on your description, but you may want to look up… Read More »

  • Weasels Begin to Put on Winter Whites

    January 8th 2017
    The other day I saw what looked like a long tailed weasel in a swampy area while walking, but it was all brown and I live in upstate NY where it snows often in winter.… Read More »

  • Two Wild Winter Teas

    January 7th 2017
    I really enjoyed all of your articles on the winter birch/pine teas, especially the previous one from 2013. Inspiring and well-done! I am so looking forward to doing a little “winter tea workshop” with my… Read More »

  • Logging Companies and Workers Comp

    January 6th 2017
    Workmens comp rates are one of the primary reason that most logging operations in Massachusetts are individual or family businesses with no employees who aren’t relatives because they aren’t subject to workmens comp.  (need to… Read More »

  • Raccoons: It's All In The Hands

    January 6th 2017
    I am a wildlife rehabilitator and raise to release raccoons. I have a barrel lock on the inside of the large pre-release cage so when entering, they don’t get out. Learned the hard way to… Read More »

  • Which Bird Made That Nest?

    January 5th 2017
    January 2017, I have a nest about the size of a small soccer ball, but the shape of a hot air balloon, high in a tree at the at the tip end of a thin… Read More »

  • Two Wild Winter Teas

    January 5th 2017
    Thanks for the information. I want more. I like sumac but don’t really know how to prepare it for use, e.g. should I microwave it? (It looks like it’s got “bug dust” in behind the… Read More »

  • Field Work: At Work Buying Veneer Logs With Phil Stannard

    January 3rd 2017
    I had the pleasure of working with my older brother, Phil as an assistant log buyer for two years, after college. The most impressive factor I witnessed in my time with him, was his deep… Read More »

  • Weasels Begin to Put on Winter Whites

    January 3rd 2017
    I have a couple of bird feeders outside my window that are regularly visited by red squirrels who make tunnels under the snow all through the area.  I noticed that there have not been many… Read More »