137 results for 'moose'

  • Some Insights Regarding the Aerial Caribou thumbnail

    Some Insights Regarding the Aerial Caribou

    by Elise Tillinghast & Susan Morse | December 22nd 2015
    …shaped hoof marks are noticeably different than those of moose, and large dew claw marks are distinctly visible. Winter scat tends to look like piles of over-sized coffee beans, sometimes with a little sparkle. Also listen for their call - a repeated snorting, sometimes described as a jingle, typically heard… Read More »

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    Feels Like Ticks

    by Ned Swanberg | October 21st 2007
    …bird, woodchuck, rabbit, and moose ticks. None of the local ticks specialize in humans, but Homo sapiens are worth a try in a pinch. In fact, you may personally have had intimate experience with the dog tick, lone star tick, or the tiny black-legged tick. The local variety of the… Read More »

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    Reflections on Roadkill

    by Brett Amy Thelen | November 2nd 2017
    …North Country, you’ll find moose who went searching for a salt lick and, sadly, found it in road salt. If you walk your road every day for a year, 95% of the roadkill you encounter will be reptiles and amphibians. The good news is this: there are solutions, and if… Read More »

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    The Overstory

    by Virginia Barlow | Summer 2011
    …are browsed by deer, moose, and hare, and its bark attracts porcupines. Chokecherry, pin cherry, and black cherry are quite similar as seedlings, and all cherry bark has a bitter almond taste. Chokecherry, however, is a mere shrub, and pin cherry rarely grows to more than 25 feet high, so… Read More »

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    A Song for September

    by Dave Mance III | September 7th 2012
    …scouting for deer and moose. Sure the woods are still way too green to pattern game, but they still go anyway. On hot days their feet steam in rubber boots as they slog through sulphury mountain bogs, sun blasting down. Parched with thirst, saw-grass lacerations on their bare arms, they… Read More »

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    Hunting with the Abenaki

    by Michael J. Caduto | November 8th 2010
    …underneath. Deer, bear, and moose were the greatest sources of winter protein among the Alnôbak, but the catch included beaver, raccoon, bobcat, woodchuck, porcupine, cottontail, gray and red fox, skunk, rabbit, red and gray squirrel, muskrat, chipmunk, mouse, and even shrew. Other wild prey were taken when and where they… Read More »

  • Migrators, Close and Afar, Spring Forward With New Season thumbnail

    Migrators, Close and Afar, Spring Forward With New Season

    by Charles W. Johnson | April 1st 2010
    …to higher elevations, while moose go the opposite direction, moving from hills and mountains to wetlands. As the coastal waters of New England warm, lobsters move in from the deep. These mass movements, repeated twice annually over eons, usually occur along the same routes, and thus become vulnerable to obstacles… Read More »

  • Got Fern? Controlling Native Invasive Plants thumbnail

    Got Fern? Controlling Native Invasive Plants

    by Irwin Post | Autumn 2010
    …to a lesser extent, moose have exploded in the last 100 years. Where populations are high, selective browsing affects the species of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants growing on the forest floor. Striped maple and beech are browse of last resort for deer, so seedlings of these trees have a… Read More »

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    Fantastic Animals of the Northeast

    by Rachel Sargent | Spring 2014
    …and switching between its moose hind feet and its bear front feet to avoid losing count. The billdad – known only in Boundary Pond, Maine – was said to use its kangaroo-like hind legs to jump into the water after fish, then smack them with its beaverlike tail to stun… Read More »

  • Chronic Wasting Disease Reaches New York thumbnail

    Chronic Wasting Disease Reaches New York

    by Norah Lake | Autumn 2005
    …white-tailed deer, elk, and moose. While it can cross freely between these species, it has never been found to affect humans or domesticated livestock because of a natural species barrier. Still, in areas where the disease is established, many people are afraid to consume the venison. In infected animals, CWD… Read More »

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    On the Mosquito Trapline

    by Sophia Veltrop | Summer 2015
    …people, horses, deer, and moose. These are all “dead-end hosts,” which means they cannot transmit the virus themselves. So, if a horse contracts the disease, its owner need not worry about catching it. Monitoring this disease is trickier than it may seem. Testing mosquitoes for EEE and West Nile Virus… Read More »

  • Christmas in July: At Work Making the World Smell Better with the Maine Balsam Fir Company thumbnail

    Christmas in July: At Work Making the World Smell Better with the Maine Balsam Fir Company

    by Chris Mackowski | Summer 2012
    …Maine – lots of moose, loons, blueberries, and pine cones. “It’s not just how good the scent is. People love the smell, but it has to look good, too,” Wendy says. “People buy with their eyes first.” Nearby, another employee sews the pillows shut. In this way, all by hand,… Read More »

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    Forest Home Companion

    by Dave Mance III | July 8th 2016
    …Green Mountains were seeing moose calves, which everyone agreed was a good sign for sure on the heels of a warm winter with a probably-high parasite load. Recently G and I went up to camp, and just by coincidence caught the last Prairie Home Companion broadcast — it’s a weekly… Read More »

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    Editor’s Note

    by Dave Mance III | Spring 2015
    …these epic deer and moose drags, or nights spent huddled in a snow pile on top of some unnamed mountain peak, is no coincidence. My portfolio of stories came to rival Ed’s – as a born teacher, he was quick to point that out. And yet I still don’t feel… Read More »

  • The Cree and the Crown: Management Stories From North America’s Northern, Northern Woodlands thumbnail

    The Cree and the Crown: Management Stories From North America’s Northern, Northern Woodlands

    by Naomi Heindel | Winter 2012
    …hydroelectric dams, mountains, bugs, moose, and caribou. At some point the trees thin out, signaling entry into the taiga, and then the tundra, where far northern Quebec begins. It takes about 12 hours to drive from northern New England to Chibougamau, but we need not leave our homes to feel… Read More »

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    Good Neighbors

    by Stephen Long | Autumn 1994
    …in summer use by moose, and in heavy mast and berry years, black bears. WHIG is a very informal organization, and involvement with it is purely voluntary. Members meet periodically and have walkthroughs in the summer and ski-throughs in the winter to which they invite the general public. Clarkson, whose… Read More »

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    Otter’s Big Debut

    by Dave Mance III | …pictures of deer, bear, moose – the big charismatic animals that people love. And so to be different we wanted to camera trap an otter, an animal that’s not short on charisma but does seem to be underrepresented in photo exposés. Our first step was to look for otter sign,… Read More »

  • The Long View

    by Stephen Long | Winter 2009
    …white pine and bull moose. We continue to study and marvel at the interactions among the parts in this living, breathing system, and many ecologists believe that our understanding is in its infancy. Still, if we look at the system purely through the very limited lens of the benefits it… Read More »

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    Sage Brush, Stone, and Sky

    by Dave Mance III | July 26th 2013
    …is. While we saw moose, elk, mule deer, whitetails, and cattle browsing, it doesn’t seem like herbivory is the answer. Maybe snow? Wind patterns? The forest wants to burn out there, and there’s evidence of fire everywhere. I know nothing about western silviculture, but it seems like the only areas… Read More »

  • Elise Tillinghast

    …She enjoys long walks in her woodlot, home to moose, bears and an ever-expanding beaver empire. Read More »

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    Lessons in Planting Tree Seeds

    by Tammis Coffin | Summer 2013
    …sometimes eaten entirely. Occasional moose tracks cross the seed beds, and nursery staff go to great lengths to protect young fir seedlings from becoming the winter browse of deer. In September, Virginia rose hips are stripped from thorny branches of nursery hedgerows. New Hampshire State Forest Nursery worker Jim Viar… Read More »

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    Marrow Core Analysis

    by Susan C. Morse | Spring 2011
    …Kantar, Maine’s deer and moose biologist, even in good deer wintering habitats, herd losses can range from less than 3 percent in mild years, to more than 35 percent when winters are long and snowy. Jim Farquhar, of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation, uses every opportunity to involve… Read More »

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    Floodplain Forests: Resurgence of a Long Lost Ecosystem

    by Tim McKay | Spring 2018
    …a resurgent population of moose, which have no problem walking through any sort of fence – sometimes carrying hundreds of feet of wire across the landscape. Equipment got bigger and bigger, requiring a wider turning radius at the corners of fields. Farmers no longer took the time to trim back… Read More »

  • Camera Trapping: How to Get the Shot thumbnail

    Camera Trapping: How to Get the Shot

    by Gustav W. Verderber | Winter 2011
    …fisher, coyote, even a moose. Rounding a bend in the river, we caught a glimpse of an otter ducking into a hole in the ice while, off to the southwest, the bell at the Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westfield tolled noon. When we returned to download… Read More »

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    Fire and Western Forests

    by Naomi Heindel | Summer 2016
    …walk through my backyard. Moose come during the night to eat the willows outside my bedroom window. I can hear owls hoot, and I observe the daily flight patterns of hawks without leaving my deck. These western forests hold an expansiveness and wildness that is unique to the region. Wildfire,… Read More »

  • Night Flyers: North American Silk Moths Face Invasive Challenge thumbnail

    Night Flyers: North American Silk Moths Face Invasive Challenge

    by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul | Spring 2014
    …moths, like honeybees, like moose, are declining throughout the region based on a host of factors. The most troubling threat may be a non-native parasitic tachinid fly – Compsilura concinnata. Golden sought a way to help the moths; thus, a new hobby was born. {image2} Biological Control Gone Wrong The… Read More »

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    Linking a Landscape

    by Anne Schwartz | Winter 2013
    …evidence of black bear, moose, bobcat, and other animals fond of large, unfragmented blocks of forest. The Hildreths monitor a section of forest that includes oak and beech stands, wetlands, a line of rocky cliffs, and a large stream – landscape features that attract different wild animals. It usually takes… Read More »

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    A Pond in the Woods

    by Tim Matson | Summer 2007
    …and crayfish. Deer and moose are drawn to water, and whether you like them or not – and many pond builders do – beavers may take up residence in a wooded pond. Finally, consider the pleasures of presiding over your own private Walden. Easily the most famous wooded pond in… Read More »

  • On the Lookout: A History of Fire Towers in the Northeast thumbnail

    On the Lookout: A History of Fire Towers in the Northeast

    by Kristen Fountain | Autumn 2012
    …Squaw (now called Big Moose) where one man could watch the whole area. Within three years, Shaw and other landowners built nine towers. Observers were connected by telephone so they could share information quickly. In 1908, another drought caused large fires across New York and New England. The newly formed… Read More »

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    Counting Bears

    by Chris Mackowski | Autumn 2011
    …have to watch for moose droppings. Then doughnut crumbs and fish skeletons appear – the remains of the bait – accompanied by the pungent scent of the lure, smeared in a paste on a couple of tree trunks. The bear – which the biologists will later measure as a 120-pound… Read More »

  • Wolves as Neighbors: A Lesson from Transylvania thumbnail

    Wolves as Neighbors: A Lesson from Transylvania

    by Alan Sparks | Winter 2005
    …such as deer and moose into the animals that they are today. Nevertheless, the acceptance of wolves back into the North Woods is controversial. Some people cherish wolves, recognizing their ecological and evolutionary role and seeing them as symbols of nature and wildness, and there are those who advocate helping… Read More »

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    Protecting Nature, Harvesting Timber

    by Joe Rankin | Spring 2013
    …voles among the spruce. Moose are everywhere. More than a dozen rare plants live here, including the Furbish’s lousewort, livid sedge, Mistassini primrose, and English sundew. There are rare peatlands, 300-year-old spruce forests, and rare spruce bogs. So, when International Paper Co. announced its intention to sell some 185,000 acres… Read More »

  • Caterpillar Clash: The Budworm Returns thumbnail

    Caterpillar Clash: The Budworm Returns

    by Dave Sherwood | Winter 2014
    …fir dotted with bow-legged moose, pristine brook trout ponds, and surprisingly few roads despite its proximity to Boston and New York. Weak markets through the middle of the twentieth century, difficult access, and rudimentary logging equipment limited harvesting to only the biggest, most valuable trees. Maine Forest Service records showed… Read More »

  • Song of the Balsam Fir thumbnail

    Song of the Balsam Fir

    by David George Haskell | Autumn 2017
    …remembers. If caterpillars or moose browse its needles, the nibbling assault lodges itself in the chemical makeup of the tree, in a manner analogous to the changes in a chickadee’s nerve cells after a near miss with a predator. The tree’s subsequent growth is more heavily defended by unpalatable resins,… Read More »

  • In Theory and in Practice: What Makes a Good Clearcut? thumbnail

    In Theory and in Practice: What Makes a Good Clearcut?

    by Mike Freeman | Winter 2013
    …mast retention. Deer and moose love the new growth a couple years later, and grouse and snowshoes come in five, maybe ten years later when it thickens up, but once that starts you get thirty years of decent hunting.” Mainstream ecologists agree that forest disturbance – whether natural (beavers, fires,… Read More »

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    Woods for the Woodcock

    by Charles Fergus | Autumn 2010
    …creatures like snowshoe hare, moose, deer, and ruffed grouse, and animals whose populations have also fallen alarmingly in recent years, such as the whippoorwill, golden-winged warbler, willow flycatcher, indigo bunting, and New England cottontail. Four essential habitats Good woodcock habitat requires more than a simple clearcut. By equipping woodcock with… Read More »

  • A Summer’s Worth of Shots thumbnail

    A Summer’s Worth of Shots

    by Sonia DeYoung | …fishers as well as moose. Leaves or tall grass growing in front of the camera can twist in the breeze and trigger thousands of empty photos or videos, so clear out these plants and loose branches after you’ve mounted the camera. Even the rising or setting sun can cause false… Read More »