Recent Discussions

  • The Causes of Fall Color

    September 21st 2017
    It could be tar spot, Phil—a fungal disease that especially affects Norway maple: http://ccerensselaer.org/resources/tar-spot-of-maple Read More »

  • The Causes of Fall Color

    September 20th 2017
    Does anyone know why maple trees, here in Vermont, are dropping black foliage leaves? Read More »

  • A Plague of Ticks: Scientists Search for Solutions

    September 20th 2017
    Lyme disease is another human health issue worsened by current human behavior, i.e. unbridled development. Deer hunts are a false solution since human hosts will fill the “large mammal” void due to a smaller deer… Read More »

  • A Plague of Ticks: Scientists Search for Solutions

    September 18th 2017
    A timely reminder to take extra precautions when in the woods. Thank you for this article. Read More »

  • Harvesting the Wild Grape

    September 18th 2017
    Richard, I always had wild grapevines on my property but no grapes. Every year I would cut them down to the ground. Last year I was lazy and didn’t bother on the upper side of… Read More »

  • Crow Communication is Cawfully Complicated

    September 18th 2017
    I was in Granby CO visiting friends when we walked outside on a cold clear winter morning. I looked up to see four crows flying overhead at about 100 feet. I called in three sharp… Read More »

  • Ups and Downs

    September 17th 2017
    Articles like this drive home the importance of good observation to test assumptions. They remind us that there are usually many factors at work at the same time. Read More »

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

    September 16th 2017
    We have a mature oak tree that was split by lightning about 2/3 of its total height. Some bark was lost along the edges but no girdling occurred. Our arborist says the tree can survive… Read More »

  • Doing it Right

    September 15th 2017
    A beauty of sugaring is its transparent use of technology. It is almost always easy to see and understand why technological improvements make sense in terms of efficiency of efforts, and quality and quantity of… Read More »

  • Doing it Right

    September 15th 2017
    Another good one, Dave. As small backyard producers, we want to learn from vast experience of others, before we repeat mistakes ourselves. Maple sugaring brings ROI and economies of scale into sharp focus. Technology and… Read More »

  • Summer’s Last Exhale

    September 15th 2017
    Growing up in the 30’s and 40’s in Albany, NY, many Nighthawks were a very common sights each evening during the Summer, along with making their “peenting” call.  In northern Canada, I first saw them… Read More »

  • A Monarch Among Us

    September 14th 2017
    Thanks all for the comments - and Bernadette, lucky you to have so many caterpillars in residence! It has been encouraging to see more monarchs flying around this year. Read More »

  • Summer’s Last Exhale

    September 14th 2017
    The nighthawks are rare here, too.  I saw my first one in years early last summer, probably near its nest in the regenerating clearcut.  They do startle, during tree plant season!  So well camouflaged but… Read More »

  • When is the Best Time for Sugarmakers to Tap their Maple Trees?

    September 13th 2017
    Hi! I never tapped a maple tree before to make syrup and I am interested in learning this process. What would be the best time to tap trees in Maryland? Once I learn this process,… Read More »

  • Why Does Sap Run?

    September 13th 2017
    Why does the sap run in the summer during a drought? The leaves are covered in sap at the bottom and are dying on the top. When you touch the leaves they are dry but… Read More »

  • A Monarch Among Us

    September 12th 2017
    I am thrilled to report 10 Monarch caterpillars in my yard as of yesterday!! Watching them outside and looking for more. Last year we had none here in East Randolph. Great article and website! Read More »

  • Declining Moose Populations: What Does the Future Hold?

    September 10th 2017
    Maybe they should cut down the annual slaughter, and let the poor things regenerate? Read More »

  • The Coyote is Here to Stay

    September 9th 2017
    This is such a fantastically written piece. Bravo. Very well said and approached in a great way. Read More »

  • On September

    September 9th 2017
    The rapidly shrinking hours of daylight announce the change as much as the sights, sounds, and smells, and critter behavior. But often the weather can be the nicest of the year for enjoying time outdoors. Read More »

  • Old Man’s Beard

    September 9th 2017
    We also have it here in Washington State. Read More »