Recent Discussions

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 11th 2017
    Do you have info on Conibear traps? Read More »

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 11th 2017
    Thanks for posting this information. We were educated about leg traps as well on this ocassion and I think people need to know how to release them. When I heard about Henry’s dilemma I had… Read More »

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 10th 2017
    Thank you! Read More »

  • Goldenrod Golf Balls

    November 9th 2017
    Altho its operation seems parasitical, the gall fly may actually aid the Goldenrod species it preys on. The top of the seed stalk above the gall may wither and break off. If it does, side… Read More »

  • Goldenrod Golf Balls

    November 7th 2017
    I read that the larvae also can make good bait for ice fishing, perch,crappy, etc. though I have not used them myself. Read More »

  • Reflections on Roadkill

    November 6th 2017
    Want to take action & help understand where the pinch points are on roadways for wildlife across Vermont? Check out Cold Hollow to Canada’s citizen science project WildPaths on iNaturalist. Photo documentation of roadkill &… Read More »

  • The Winter Life of the Skunk

    November 4th 2017
    We’ve always had skunks in our neighborhood but for some reason this year they’ve been really heavy in population. They always came near our townhomes because they like to eat birdseed that spills from the… Read More »

  • Reflections on Roadkill

    November 2nd 2017
    Thank you for a thoughtful piece on a daily occurrence. More and more we crowd the natural world with our excesses. Nice to see some, somewhere is attempting to mitigate our footprint on the land. Read More »

  • Reflections on Roadkill

    November 2nd 2017
    Interesting article! I am very aware and saddened by the roadkill that I encounter on the highways of VT and elsewhere. I was so stuck by the sheer number of deer that were killed on… Read More »

  • Bears Make Their Beds, and Soon They'll Lie in Them

    November 2nd 2017
    A few years ago a friend and I found a den in some rocks. It was packed full of leaves and looked to be really comfortable. The kicker was, it was overlooking a brook lined… Read More »

  • Firewood Method

    November 2nd 2017
    Burning firewood is almost an irony of sorts. How many of us have vowed to never depend on it as a source of heat only to find ourselves indebted to it in a “famous-last-words” bad… Read More »

  • The Butterflies of Winter

    October 31st 2017
    So glad to read this. My kiddo & I raised a couple dozen black swallowtails this summer (the birds were eating them off my bronze fennel so we brought them inside) and 14 monarchs (-1… Read More »

  • The Science of Syrup

    October 30th 2017
    Thanks for the interesting read about syrup. I actually didn’t know that the amino acids in maple sap increases as the sugaring season goes on. I’m interested to learn more if this is the case… Read More »

  • Firewood Method

    October 28th 2017
    My home in southwest NH had an attached woodshed with a tunnel from the basement to the woodshed and a lidded wood box in the mud room above the tunnel.  Didn’t even have to go… Read More »

  • Firewood Method

    October 28th 2017
    Ah, the science of cordwood management! Over 30 some years of wood stove heating my home, a couple of contrarian practices evolved that work for me. First, I don’t cover stored wood, but rather stack… Read More »

  • Firewood Method

    October 28th 2017
    I own just over 3.5 acres of land outside of Providence. Luckily, I have plenty of room to space out my wood processing operation. First of all, I am like Dave, I squirrel for wood… Read More »

  • Firewood Method

    October 27th 2017
    We don’t have a woodlot, unfortunately.  So we buy from a good supplier already cut and split, with mixed satisfaction over the years.  But, finally, he seems to understand “small”, as required for my Dutchwest… Read More »

  • Hearts and Minds

    October 27th 2017
    All logic dictates that he lets his arrow go. Illogic and conflicting emotions have no place in this scenario, otherwise why is he there in the first place? If he cannot understand this, he should… Read More »

  • Firewood Method

    October 27th 2017
    Because woodcutters seem to not be passing on the lore in my area had to keep two seasons worth of wood stacked in the yard to make sure it’s really seasoned. The oldtimers felled trees… Read More »

  • Firewood Method

    October 27th 2017
    Useful and amusing article - BUT -  I’ve got to blow the whistle on the gender bias. My spouse had little interest in firewood work and I enjoyed working with it.  A stack of drying… Read More »