Knots and Bolts Archive

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    Making the Grade

    by Tony Lamberton | Winter 2008
    Recently I was standing on the landing of an active logging job with the landowner, who was my client. On this job, I was selling…

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    Notes from the Quarantine Zone

    by Dave Mance III | Winter 2008
    In August, the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) was discovered in Worcester, Massachusetts, by an astute resident. The city quickly mobilized; today, a 62-square-mile quarantine zone…

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    Three Great Books for Young People

    by Mary Hays | Winter 2008
    What could be better than helping a child find delight in the natural world? Here are three books that can make that happen. Eggs, by…

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    A Cord is a Cord is a Cord

    by Chuck Wooster | Winter 2008
    Wood is looking good these days when it comes to home heating. The supply is local, the price is relatively stable (at least compared to…

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    Department of Corrections

    by Northern Woodlands | Autumn 2008
    In our story on walkingsticks in the Summer 2008 issue (”Plant-Eating Apparitions”), we incorrectly used the word “biannual” when we should have used “biennial.” As…

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    Bird’s-eye View

    by Anne Margolis | Autumn 2008
    Have you ever wondered what your property looks like from above? Or how it fits in with your neighbors’ properties? Topographic maps and property surveys…

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    Long-Distance Fliers

    by Kent McFarland | Autumn 2008
    On a remote mountaintop in the Dominican Republic, a group of biologists crouched in the undergrowth and played pre-recorded bird calls. In the dim light…

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    Plant-Eating Apparitions

    by John Anderson | Summer 2008
    In my neighborhood, there are biennial outbreaks of plant-eating apparitions. (No, I have not been smoking anything illegal.) Let me explain. “Apparition” in Greek is…

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    Paving, Floods, and Forests

    by Thomas A. Stone | Summer 2008
    Satellite technology and geographic information systems (GIS) now allow us to accurately show how much of a landscape is paved or covered with impervious surfaces.…

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    A Forest for Every Town

    by Anne Margolis | Summer 2008
    Human history is peppered with movements. There were the big ones: abolition, civil rights, suffrage, environmental protection. And then there were the myriad little ones,…

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    The Call of the Bittern

    by Warner Shedd | Summer 2008
    “Stop the car and back up!” my wife, Edie, exclaimed. “I think I saw something in the pasture.” The wet pasture, by a sluggish little…

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    Fingerprinting the Fisher

    by Madeline Bodin | Spring 2008
    Counting fishers in the rugged terrain of New York’s Adirondack Mountains is tough on scientists – and on the fishers. A new technique, which identifies…

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    Planning for an Invasion

    by Chuck Wooster | Spring 2008
    “The arrival of the emerald ash borer is seemingly imminent, and there are no known methods of control,” warns Peter Smallidge of New York’s Cooperative…

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    An Icy Life on the St. John River

    by Louie Pelletier | Spring 2008
      Travel north beyond the rocky coastline of Maine, beyond Baxter State Park and the mighty Mt. Katahdin, through the industrial forests that have sustained…

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    Thrushes from Top to Bottom

    by Michael Gaige | Spring 2008
          Unless you are a fanatical birder, you may not be able to differentiate between the five species of brown thrushes found in…

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    Coyote or Coydog?

    by Dave Mance, III | Autumn 2007
    “Coydog” is an established word in the North Country vernacular, but are there really half-coyote, half-domestic dog hybrids roaming our forests and fields? Wildlife biologists…

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    Looking Through Jewelweed

    by Francette Cerulli | Summer 2007
    Jewelweed has to be one of the wateriest plants in existence. If you doubt it, just hold some of it between yourself and a light…

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    Red versus Sugar

    by Chuck Wooster | Spring 2007
    There you are, leaning against a big maple in your sugarbush, drill and tap at the ready, when you think, “Wait a minute…is this a…

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    The Ants Go Marching…

    by Kathryn Lund Johnson | Spring 2007
    And so do the spiders, the springtails, the beetles, and the wasps. If you’ve ever been out for a walk in the woods on a…

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    Hold that Embryo

    by Anne Margolis | Winter 2006
    In most of the animal kingdom, it’s the same story: egg meets sperm, embryo forms, and life emerges a set number of weeks afterwards. In…