What in the Woods is That?

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    Dubious Discovery

    April 1st 2016

    This substance was recently discovered beneath a hemlock that displayed multiple holes and oozing sap. What is it?

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    Classic Conundrum

    March 18th 2016

    Back to the basics for this one: what in the woods is this?

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    Baffling Beavers

    March 4th 2016

    We’re flipping the script a little this time. If you’ve ever spent time in a beaver flowage, you’ve probably seen unexplained (maybe unexplainable) beaver chewing like this. For some reason, some beavers chew trees into blocks, similar to how a log would be bucked into firewood. Many of these logs…

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    Perplexing Protrusion

    February 19th 2016

    What’s protruding from this birch?

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    Tree Oddity

    February 5th 2016

    It looks a bit like a golf ball that’s been run over, but what really caused this growth?

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    A Puzzling Project

    January 22nd 2016

    Ken Kinder took this photo in late fall in northern Vermont. What was the purpose of the project?

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    Mysterious Tag Along

    January 8th 2016

    Who hasn’t come back from a walk outdoors looking like this? But do you know the name of the plant these burrs came from?

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    Cherry Tree Mystery

    December 23rd 2015

    Penelope Harris forwarded these photos of a friend’s cherry tree in Bakersfield, Vermont. She was curious: what had caused the gelatinous material seen on the tree?

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    A Case of Curious Curling

    December 11th 2015

    We heard from someone who just brought home a balsam fir Christmas tree and noticed a few places where the needles had curled and twisted. The same distortion is seen in this photo from UMass Extension. What causes this?

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    No Place Like Home

    November 25th 2015

    What bird made this distinctive nest?