Recent Discussions

  • Amanita Aura

    October 5th 2017
    I see fly agarics in our boreal forest often, just today, actually!  I can’t help but think of the image of red capped fly agarics in Christmas scenes, leading me to believe that Santa’s reindeer… Read More »

  • What is a Climax Forest?

    October 4th 2017
    I have been looking for an article like this one for months. Thank you! Read More »

  • A Plague of Ticks: Scientists Search for Solutions

    October 4th 2017
    I had a deer tick on me for 24 hours. I’m 67 and I sure didn’t want to get Lyme disease. So I went to see my doctor right away when I found it. An… Read More »

  • Woods Whys: How Do Trees Heal Wounds on Trunks and Branches?

    October 4th 2017
    I have a “prarie cascade” willow that I just planted a few months ago and was devastated to notice some deer damage past few days.  Majority of branches are still attached, but there is a… Read More »

  • Building a Movement

    October 3rd 2017
    According to the study, Vermont’s losing about 1,500 acres of forest per year, Amy. I disagree with your characterization of Current Use. It’s not a preservation program—all the lands that are in it must have… Read More »

  • The Winter Life of the Skunk

    October 3rd 2017
    Have been feeding 9 skunks making peanut butter sandwiches but it’s getting expensive and so darn messy is there a less costly and easier option? I just wouldn’t feel right stopping altogether as they (… Read More »

  • Mountain Maple, Acer spicatum

    October 2nd 2017
    Is this the same pest tree known as “silver maple” in Newfoundland?  Seems to fit most criteria, especially the ground-root spread which makes it near impossible to remove. Read More »

  • A Plague of Ticks: Scientists Search for Solutions

    October 1st 2017
    Deer hunts are a critical and important issue. Research on island populations and other areas shows low deer density reduces infected tick density. Nothing false about it. The key is that you have to get… Read More »

  • Building a Movement

    September 30th 2017
    Break this down by state please.  New England includes Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts as well as Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  I want to see just how much each state has contributed to this alleged… Read More »

  • Tracking Tips: Putting Food Up

    September 30th 2017
    Thank you. I will have more fun with watching squirrels. Any reason to add to their resources? Read More »

  • Building a Movement

    September 30th 2017
    Complicating our desire to keep our own forests and fields free from development are the rapidly increasing property taxes that seriously burden retirees like us who live on a fixed income.  We can’t possibly keep… Read More »

  • Hemlock and Hide: The Tanbark Industry in Old New York

    September 27th 2017
    Christiana in CT.  In Northampton, Mass, William Edwards used water power for grinding the bark instead of using horse power.  That was his first innovation.  After that, the application of heat to the tanning process… Read More »

  • Gonzo Goshawks

    September 27th 2017
    David, That’s great to hear. Hurray for coexistence! Read More »

  • On September

    September 26th 2017
    This captures so much because it comes from deep within…I would only add that September really begins that mid-August evening when you sense a chill in the night air and start up the wood stove… Read More »

  • Gonzo Goshawks

    September 25th 2017
    Awesome story Elise!  Brings back memories.  You will be happy to know the pair have nested further away and no longer terrorize the family.  We still see them hunting in the distance but no more… Read More »

  • Harvesting the Wild Grape

    September 25th 2017
    I want to take cuttings of a wild grape vine where I work, and try to grow if at my cabin.  I’m wondering, when is “late winter” to take the cuttings?  Is it calendar based,… Read More »

  • Outdoor Palette: Susan Bull Riley

    September 25th 2017
    This is a beautiful painting.  I am also a plein air artist and can appreciate the time and work involved for creating such a nice piece.  Greens are so hard to get right.  And in… Read More »

  • American Goldfinch: a Common Bird with Uncommon Habits

    September 24th 2017
    We have a little female American Goldfinch all by herself who feeds at our thistle sock many times a day.  I’ve never seen one here before and wonder about no male anywhere around.  She has… Read More »

  • A Plague of Ticks: Scientists Search for Solutions

    September 22nd 2017
    I agree with you, K, that deer hunts are a false solution in most areas, simply because they’re (the deer populations are) so elastic. If the habitat is good, deer will recolonize an area. In… Read More »

  • A Plague of Ticks: Scientists Search for Solutions

    September 21st 2017
    I spent time hiking in the protected forests of the northern Adirondacks this summer, and in the old growth forests that have been saved from logging for over a hundred years, there is no tick… Read More »