18 results for 'mary holland'

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    1,000 Words

    by Mary Holland | Autumn 2016
    …naturalist, writer, and photographer Mary Holland. “At one point it took a misstep and came tumbling down to the base of the slope and onto an adjacent dirt road where it righted itself and continued on its way, fully adorned with fallen leaves from the beech-maple forest it inhabited.” Read More »

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    1,000 Words

    by Mary Holland | Spring 2014
    Three tom turkeys vie for the attention of one hen. If puffed out feathers, red wattles, fanned tails and lowered wings don’t win her over, a repertoire of nonvocal “hums” and “chump” sounds are used to woo her. Toms breed with multiple mates, so whether or not one, two, or… Read More »

  • Who Lives Here?

    Naturalist Mary Holland shared this wonderful picture with us…yup, it’s an animal den site. But what kind of animal? Read More »

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    Otter Holes

    by Mary Holland | Winter 2017
    River otters are the most aquatic members of the weasel family. They can swim up to six or seven miles per hour on the surface of the water as well as underneath it, and can remain submerged for up to two minutes. Otters spend a great deal of time fishing… Read More »

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    Eye Protection

    by Mary Holland | Autumn 2015
    You and I have two opaque eyelids, one above the eye and one beneath. When we blink, they meet in the middle. Some birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and mammals have three eyelids – two similar to ours, and a third translucent or transparent eyelid, called a nictitating membrane. This membrane… Read More »

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    Common Green Darners Migrating

    by Mary Holland | Autumn 2017
    The common green darner, Anax junius, is one of our largest dragonflies, measuring three inches long with a four-inch wingspread. It is strikingly colored, with a green thorax and a bright blue (male) or reddish (female) abdomen. As if that weren’t enough to set this dragonfly apart, it is also… Read More »

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    by Mary Holland | Winter 2016
    Eagles obtain food mainly in three ways – by capturing it, by stealing it, or by scavenging it. When securing their own live prey, they hunt from perches or soar over suitable habitat, taking most prey on the wing. Bald eagles’ preferred food is live fish, but they are opportunistic… Read More »

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    Slime Time

    by Mary Holland | Autumn 2016
    Yellow-fuzz cone slime (Hemitrichia clavata) is a slime mold that is found in clusters on rotting wood. Neither plant nor animal, slime molds are known for the dramatic transformations they go through from the time they first appear to their disintegration. Slimy and mold-like when they first emerge, they change… Read More »

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    Fox Versus Raccoon

    by Mary Holland | Summer 2015
    While observing the antics of a litter of red fox kits, I witnessed an encounter between the kits’ mother and a very large raccoon. The vixen started barking incessantly when she saw the raccoon, and slowly moved closer and closer until she was within 10 feet of it. (The male… Read More »

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    Go Cubs!

    by Mary Holland | Spring 2017
    Black bear cubs are born in late January or February, weighing about eight ounces. The mother has six teats, and the newborn cubs crawl to the ones closest to her pelvis. Later, as the cubs get older, they nurse from the other four, and the mother often “switches off” production… Read More »

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    Why Ruffed Grouse Take Winter in Stride

    by Mary Holland | January 7th 2010
    Winter in Northern New England is challenging for birds that don’t migrate south. To survive, a bird must find adequate food, refuge from wind and cold, and protection from predators. Overwintering species have various tricks for survival. The downy woodpecker excavates cavities in trees for shelter. Black-capped chickadees lower their… Read More »

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    Flying Squirrels Visiting Bird Feeders

    by Mary Holland | Summer 2017
    Those of us in black bear country are advised to avoid feeding birds during spring, summer, and early fall – it’s good advice. When I put my feeders back up in late fall, however, I find that they’re sometimes plundered during the night, even with no bears around. What stealthy… Read More »

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    The Early Buzz on Honeybees

    by Mary Holland | March 18th 2010
    For some, spring begins with the flow of maple sap, or maybe the arrival of robins or redwing blackbirds. For inveterate gardeners the new season never really starts until the soil can be turned. The arrival of honeybees in fields and orchards is an obvious sign of spring, and for… Read More »

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    Life of a Leech

    by Mary Holland | Spring 2018
    Of the 650 species of leeches that exist in North America, some 500 inhabit fresh water. Most are predacious, feeding on worms, snails, fish eggs, and aquatic insects. Some are scavengers. Others survive by feeding on the blood of freshwater vertebrates, including the turtle in this picture. Generally speaking, leeches… Read More »

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    200 Million Years and Counting

    by Lauren DiBiccari, illustrator | Summer 2015
    …animal, including human beings.” -Mary Holland, from Naturally Curious {image2} Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentine “The likable thing about snapping turtles is that they are, in a word, trouble. But they are interesting trouble — tough, reclusive, and fiercely independent, unhuggable in a culture determined to make all animals cute,… Read More »

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    Wet Weather Wondering

    by Dave Mance III | July 28th 2009
    …this year’s young. Naturalist Mary Holland has a hunch that loon chick numbers in New Hampshire may be affected by the rain, since high water levels can equal flooded loon nests. I’ve noticed very few wild turkey poults in the meadows, an observation that echoes the conventional wisdom that bad… Read More »

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    Seeds of Hope

    by Various Authors | Spring 2011
    …a peeper. Photo by Mary Holland. Roger A. Dziengeleski As a forester, I’m eternally optimistic. I have the greatest job in the world – helping forests grow. As another spring season approaches, I’m hopeful for a fundamental change in how society perceives and values America’s managed forests. I’m hopeful that… Read More »