The Outside Story Archive

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    The Mink

    by Kathy Doyle | March 18th 2019
    It was a cold, snowy Sunday morning in the middle of January. I planned to heed the warnings encouraging motorists to stay off the road and turned

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    Tapestry of Light

    by Susie Spikol | March 12th 2019
    I’ve taken to wandering the night lately – one of the pleasures of having a puppy. Willow, my pup, and I walk at all hours,

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    The Fireflies of February

    by Laurie D. Morrissey | March 4th 2019
    Like most people, I thought I knew where to find fireflies: in back yards and fields on summer nights, flickering on and off like dollhouse-sized lanterns or

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    Just a Random Rock

    by Dave Mance III | February 26th 2019
    Act One opens in a forest on the western slopes of the Taconic Mountains in southwestern Vermont. A man in his forties is walking with his former

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  • Feeding Deer Does Much Harm, Little Good thumbnail

    Feeding Deer Does Much Harm, Little Good

    by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul | February 18th 2019
    A few winters back, there was a doe who frequented our compost heap. The garden fence around it proved an inadequate barrier, as she simply hopped over

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    The Sociable Gray Squirrel

    by Susan Shea | February 11th 2019
    On winter mornings when I look out my window, I often see a gray squirrel clinging upside down to the post supporting my bird feeder, with his

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  • Sundogs and Halos and Glitter – Oh, My! thumbnail

    Sundogs and Halos and Glitter – Oh, My!

    by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul | February 4th 2019
    Had a unicorn pranced across the trail in front of me, I wouldn’t have been surprised. It was one of those sparkly winter days, when

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  • The Quiet Parlor of the Fishes thumbnail

    The Quiet Parlor of the Fishes

    by Laurie D. Morrissey | January 28th 2019
    When I’m skiing or skating across a pond, I observe the shoreline, surrounding hills, islands, maybe a woodpecker or blue jay winging its way to

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    Ice Capades

    by Declan McCabe | January 18th 2019
    Come mid-January, when I’m acclimatized to Vermont’s winter, I enjoy an occasional stroll on the icy surface of Lake Champlain. I favor bays

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    Remembering the Eastern Elk

    by Susan Shea | January 14th 2019
    Hundreds of years ago, haunting bugle-like calls echoed through these hills and valleys. The sounds were made by bull elk to attract mates and fend off rivals.

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    Sparkle Snow

    by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul | January 7th 2019
    The other day I was driving through New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch, where my eyes are usually drawn to the tall mountains and long, cascading waterfalls

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    Close Proximity Doesn’t Always Generate Heat

    by Carolyn LoriƩ | December 31st 2018
    Few things seem as remote as the January sun in northern New England. We see the light, but we feel almost no heat. In this way, winter

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  • The Disappearing, Reappearing, American Marten thumbnail

    The Disappearing, Reappearing, American Marten

    by Susie Spikol | December 24th 2018
    Some people keep lifelong birding lists. I’ve tried, but birds and I have never really hit it off. Too many colors, too many species, and

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  • American Mountain Ash: a Rosaceae by Any Other Name thumbnail

    American Mountain Ash: a Rosaceae by Any Other Name

    by Laurie D. Morrissey | December 17th 2018
    There’s a giant living in northern Coös County, New Hampshire. It’s a 61-foot tall tree, the country’s largest known

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    The Porcupine

    by Carolyn LoriƩ | December 10th 2018
    I once lived in a cottage perched atop a sloping field in Western Massachusetts. It was the lone structure at the edge of undeveloped forest and sat

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    Animals and Alcohol

    by Brett Amy Thelen | December 3rd 2018
    It’s the time of year when the landscape is laid bare, the ground is impenetrable with frost, and flying insects have faded into memory. As

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  • The Soul of a Dead Woodsman thumbnail

    The Soul of a Dead Woodsman

    by Ross Caron | November 26th 2018
    The sound of the gray jay (Perisoreus canadensis) evokes an image of the North Woods: dark green spruce trees, spire-like balsam fir, and bare-branched tamaracks silhouetted against

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  • Flight of the Flunker Moth thumbnail

    Flight of the Flunker Moth

    by Declan McCabe | November 19th 2018
    In early November, I flicked on the porch light and took out the trash. In the brief time it took, a couple of late-season moths found their

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  • Moon Phase and the Rut (Or: Something to Argue About at Deer Camp) thumbnail

    Moon Phase and the Rut (Or: Something to Argue About at Deer Camp)

    by Dave Mance III | November 12th 2018
    Deer hunters, like professional athletes, are always looking for an edge – it’s the nature of the pursuit. And so we’re susceptible to

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  • Southern Pine Beetles March North thumbnail

    Southern Pine Beetles March North

    by Joe Rankin | November 5th 2018
    As if the emerald ash borer’s incursion into northern New England wasn’t enough, now there’s another potentially devastating forest pest marching

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