137 results for 'moose'

  • Vermont’s Mighty Moose

    by Warner Shedd | Summer 1996
    …must have had the moose near the top of the list, at least as far as North America is concerned. Mega these great beasts most assuredly are, and anyone who questions their charisma need only observe the mob of cars piled up along any stretch of highway where a mooseRead More »

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    1,000 Words

    by John Timmis | Summer 2013
    …Seeing all of those flies on and around the moose (and the leeches attached to her legs) gave me a new appreciation for the things animals have to endure in their daily quest for survival.” Read More »

  • When the Moose Come Down

    by Susan C. Morse | Spring 2006
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  • Buck, Buck, Moose

    …Hank Shaw’s Buck, Buck, Moose showed up in our pile of review copies. Simply put, this book is the best venison cookbook I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen anything that even comes close to it. Shaw is a former commercial fisherman, restaurant cook, and reporter – if you were going… Read More »

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    Moose on the Move in May

    by Madeline Bodin | May 25th 2009
    …“twig eaters.” In winter moose munch on the buds and new growth of aspen, willow and other trees; they may even use their lower incisors to strip bark off a young maple. It’s a diet only a moose could love. It’s also a low-salt diet. The woody, terrestrial browse that… Read More »

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    Tracking Tips: Moose Rub

    by Susan C. Morse | Autumn 2014
    …the eastern (or Canadian) moose uses his palmate antler surfaces like satellite dishes to amplify the distant wavering calls of a cow in search of courtship. But that’s not all. He thrashes pliant shrubs and saplings and rubs larger trees while deliberately clonking his antlers against them. In this way,… Read More »

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    Ghost Moose: Winter Ticks Take Their Toll

    by Susan C. Morse | Spring 2012
    …Hours before, a cow moose trotted through the deep late-March snowpack and, where she passed, drops of blood, patches of hair covered with tick feces, and dislodged ticks revealed that she was host to thousands of winter ticks, Dermacentor albipictus. Moose with heavy infestations of these parasites are miserable by… Read More »

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    Tracking Tips: Clods, Wedgies, and Imprints

    by Susan C. Morse | Winter 2014
    …species. Simple tracks of moose and deer are obvious discoveries for the most part. Other evidence, a bed site, a rub, or a hair snagged on a twig tip – these are signs that enable elusive species to come alive in our imaginations. What I have named “hoof clods,” “wedgies,”… Read More »

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    Bad News for Bullwinkle

    by Madeline Bodin | May 18th 2003
    …thing as a friendly moose. There are several reasons why a moose might appear to be friendly, or at least not afraid of people, says Kristine Bontaites, moose project leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. In spring, yearlings get kicked out by their mothers (which may be… Read More »

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    From the Center

    by Elise Tillinghast | Autumn 2017
    …behavior of deer and moose, when males thrash their antlers against trees and bushes, leaving bloody strips of velvet hanging like “dark red party streamers.” The reader had sought out this article because he wanted to fact-check a commercial aired by his insurance company. The commercial dramatizes a fight that… Read More »

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    Why Are Moose So Nosy?

    by Lisa Olney | June 30th 2014
    The silhouette of a moose is noticeably different from that of its deer cousins. Its bulky, hunched body sits on tall, improbably proportioned legs. And then there’s that nose. It’s long and broad – a full sixty-five percent of the moose’s head length – with enlarged nostrils that are positioned… Read More »

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    Return of the Moose

    by Dave Mance III | October 22nd 2009
    Moose are arguably the most novel of all North American large mammals, if for no other reason than their strange appearance. Whereas deer and elk are handsome creatures, rams majestic, and bears awe inspiring, moose seem to suggest that the Creator had a strange sense of humor. They have horse… Read More »

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    Velvet "Rub Out"

    by Susan C. Morse | Autumn 2009
    …excitement in the air; moose and deer are in the pre-rut, and there is more of their sign to be seen. Daylight hours are fewer now. Increased testosterone levels in the blood of bulls and bucks cause closure of the blood vessels that have nourished the growing antlers, resulting in… Read More »

  • Loons: Sound and Spirit of the North Woods

    by Steven D. Faccio | Spring 1999
    …stroking paddles through calm, glassy waters. I dreamed of moose standing belly-deep among bulrushes, of cold nights and campfires. But mostly I dreamed of loons. The complete content of this article is part of the downloadable pdf of this issue, available in our online shop. Read More »

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    Moose on the Loose

    by Alan Parker | November 7th 2004
    …to remind us that moose existed, the proliferation of Alces alces in this region over the past 25 years is an exhilarating lesson in wildlife revitalization. Except in northern Maine, moose were virtually eliminated from our landscape in the years following European settlement. Cleared timberland and subsequent agricultural use, combined… Read More »

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    Where Beaver Lead, Moose Follow

    by Carrie Chandler | May 21st 2006
    …you are driving through Moose Alley on U.S. Route 3 in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, or watching a moose wallow in a Green Mountain marsh, you can thank the beaver for helping make it possible. The populations of beaver (Castor canadensis) and moose (Alces alces), though not directly linked, have experienced… Read More »

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    Modern Moose Management

    by Dave Mance III | December 20th 2010
    Moose are arguably the most novel of all North American large mammals, if for no other reason than their strange appearance. Whereas deer and elk are handsome creatures, rams majestic, and bears awe inspiring, moose seem to suggest that the Creator had a strange sense of humor. They have horse… Read More »

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    by Stephen Long | Winter 1994
    …Area, two love struck moose showed me when the moose rut takes place up north. Returning home, the suddenly omnipresent ladybugs that appeared during the sun-drenched days of the following week were also worthy of note. If you would like to see your field notes in print, drop us a… Read More »

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    Moose Suffers From Cousin’s Parasite

    by Li Shen | June 13th 2011
    …for instance, reports of moose behaving erratically, stumbling, walking in circles, or appearing either paralyzed or unusually tame. The cause of this moose disease was a mystery until a Canadian biologist discovered that the disease was caused by a parasitic worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) more commonly found in white-tailed deer. The… Read More »

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    Declining Moose Populations: What Does the Future Hold?

    by Susan C. Morse | Spring 2015
    …by their encounters with moose. An estimated 80,000 moose live in the Northeast, which practically guarantees an opportunity to see one. Moose imagery is ingrained in popular culture, from the moose festivals that pop up all around New England to the Rocky Mountain microbrew named Moose Drool. Countless cottage industries… Read More »

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    A Low Snow Winter’s Winners and Losers

    by Madeline Bodin | March 19th 2012
    …so more fawns survive. Moose, on the other hand, are at the southern edge of their range in Vermont and New Hampshire and find warm winter temperatures stressful. Winter ticks are another big source of winter stress. During bad years, heavy tick infestations of up to 70,000 ticks per animal… Read More »

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    Crossing to Safety

    by Li Shen | March 24th 2008
    …familiar to many, proclaims “Moose Crossing.” But, we wonder, how can anyone predict that a moose would cross at this particular spot, among miles of similar-looking road on either side? Surprisingly, an animal crossing a road is rarely an arbitrary event. And to understand why road crossings deserve our attention,… Read More »

  • Moose Key Ring

    …these observations: Tracking Tips: Moose Rub. This pewter key ring is a way to remind yourself of this curiously ungainly ungulate; the magnificent moose holds a special place in our mind's eye. It measures 2”/2” and is detailed on both sides. Our website's archive is loaded with moose-related content. Have… Read More »

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    Opposing Effects on the Size of Moose

    by Anne Margolis | Summer 2006
    …studying 14 populations of moose in Norway attempted to determine what sorts of factors besides sexual selection – from population density to food resources to hunting pressure – influence SSD; they began with three hypotheses that they were then able to test by examining data on 24,420 individual moose. First,… Read More »

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    A Nice Simple Day

    by Dave Mance III | October 4th 2013
    …land here was good moose country – expansive bogs interspersed with dense spruce/fir peninsulas. In the abandoned beaver meadows, tawny-colored sawgrass swayed gently in the breeze like an immense field of grain. We were here to learn about moose, to get a handle on how the local population was faring.… Read More »

  • Northern Woodlands Moose Cap

    The moose on this cap, embroidered in deep four-tone brown thread detail on dark brown cotton, is the animal of our dreams - the kind we all wish to see in the woods of the Northeast. Great styling, sturdy construction, it will fast become your favorite cap. Read More »

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    Moose Part 2

    by Dave Mance III | October 30th 2009
    …we’d just spent hunting moose, of two different bulls we’d sent crashing through the brush without getting a shot, their horns musical – like woodblocks – as they slammed against the aspen whips. He was thinking about a three hour ride home, of having to get up the next day… Read More »

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    A Strange Idea of a Good Time

    by Dave Mance III | October 10th 2008
    …to draw a Vermont moose tag last year; luckier still to take a strange-looking-but-in-a-good-way bull on the fourth day of the season. The bull was 10.5 years old, as evidenced by an odd, gnarly, almost elk-like rack (when cervids get older, their horns start to shrink, just like bones in… Read More »

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    Fall Back, So Look Out for Deer

    by Madeline Bodin | November 3rd 2008
    …were 237 accidents involving moose.) In New Hampshire, Gustafson says, wardens only tally the number of the killed deer that drivers are permitted to take home for consumption. That’s about 1,250 per year, he says. A State Farm Insurance company report estimates that twice that number of accidents involving deer… Read More »

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    Turn the Clocks Back and Look Out for Deer

    by Madeline Bodin | Autumn 2009
    …David LeCoers. (Typically 170 moose a year are killed by vehicles.) In New Hampshire, Gustafson says, wardens only tally the number of the killed deer that drivers are permitted to take home for consumption. That was 1,458 deer in 2008, he says. A State Farm Insurance company report estimates that… Read More »

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    Smoke Pole Camp and the Legacy of Henry Laramie

    by David A. Van Wie | Winter 2016
    …grim gallery of eight moose skulls and toothy jawbones carefully mounted on the back wall. The hollow eyes watched us as we circled around to the front. A dozen paces to our left was an active moose wallow oozing mud that showed clear prints all around. Obviously, moose had been… Read More »

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    Something Afoot in the Woods

    by Joan Waltermire | October 8th 2006
    …the return of the moose, and the annual June firefly show. Some of these roles revolve around the element calcium. A snail shell is made of calcium carbonate thinly coated with protein. To make its shell, a snail gathers calcium either from its food or directly from the soil by… Read More »

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    Vermont’s Original Forest Language

    by Kevin Dann | Winter 1994
    …pigeons, and hunted deer, moose and bear. Winter saw Abenaki hunters on snowshoes running down moose or checking their traps for muskrat and beaver. The Europeans and, eventually, the Americans who drove the Abenaki from their homeland, learned a great deal about the woods from them, including the native names… Read More »

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    Nature By Bike

    by Patrick White | August 22nd 2014
    …me was a female moose. In a car, this sort of experience is terrifying. But I was on a bike, so it was merely startling. For a second or two, I contemplated what would happen if she charged me. Would I be able to clip my shoes back into my… Read More »

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    Voles and Moose, Fungi and Spruce

    by John Pastor | Autumn 2016
    …What Should a Clever Moose Eat. In this passage Pastor, an ecologist and professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, sheds some light on the phenomenon. The upland forests around beaver ponds are often composed of overstory aspen and understory spruce and balsam fir. These are quintessential North Woods… Read More »

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    A Warm Winter’s Winners and Losers

    by Tim Traver | January 11th 2016
    …all bad news for moose,” said Cedric Alexander, team leader for Vermont’s moose program. Extended fall weather can mean a longer questing period for winter ticks, a significant factor in moose mortality. Larval ticks climb up vegetation and cluster, forming “tick bombs” that latch on to unsuspecting prey. Intense parasitism… Read More »

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    A Hunting Story

    by Dave Mance III | October 20th 2011
    …wildlife check-in stations suggest, moose season is underway in Vermont and New Hampshire. Maine’s between seasons at the moment, but hunting will resume in late October in select management units. In many areas of the Northeast, drawing a moose tag is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the spirit of the season,… Read More »

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    The Humble (yet Devilish) Hobblebush

    by Thomas K. Slayton | May 7th 2012
    …brown buds look like moose ears. Some loggers used to refer to the plant as “she-moosewood,” in the mistaken belief that it was the female form of the striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum), another understory plant, but related in no way to hobblebush. Striped maple is sometimes referred to as “mooseRead More »

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    Winter Fur

    by Anne Margolis | January 23rd 2005
    …the undercoat. Deer and moose have especially effective overcoats – they are the only mammals with hollow guard hairs, which have exceptional insulating qualities. According to biologist Susan Morse, it is not uncommon to come across a deer with a dusting of snow on its back that is not melted… Read More »

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    Four Centuries of Slow Growth

    by Northern Woodlands | Winter 2009
    …edition of The Spruce Moose, a publication of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. As you can see from the accompanying cross section, the tree grew very slowly at first. In 280 years, it put on about 10 inches of growth. Around 1890, the… Read More »

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    Outdoor Palette: Visionary Art

    by Adelaide Tyrol | Autumn 2016
    …wants to depict. In Moose and Friend, there is an energy and complexity in the form of the two animals that is lively and organic. There is no effort to simulate fur or flesh – just a trueness of form with loads of power poured in. Niemi says that her… Read More »

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    Look Both Ways

    by Carrie Chandler | January 14th 2007
    …frogs to deer and moose - to navigate across areas crisscrossed with roads by creating wildlife crossings that resemble natural habitat. In southwest Vermont, a newly constructed highway called the Bennington Bypass crosses a river in the middle of a heavily used wildlife corridor. Rather than sizing the highway bridge… Read More »

  • VINS Hosts a Day with Northern Woodlands

    …stations open – Beavers, moose and fish, oh my! These kid-friendly stations will be open 10 am - 5 pm, and staffed by VINS educators. 10:30 am “ValleyQuest at VINS,” a guided treasure hunt at VINS, led by Vital Communities volunteers 11:00 am VINS live raptor program 1:00 pm Presentation… Read More »

  • From the Center

    by Alan Parker | Winter 2004
    …a burgeoning deer or moose population. Similarly, the Center for Woodlands Education is an act of faith. We believe that a well-written, informative magazine will inspire readers to bring all their intelligence and passion to bear on the way they see and manage their land. We believe that outreach to… Read More »

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    At Work with Taxidermist Leon Verville

    by Dave Mance III | Autumn 2010
    …it’s a pair of moose that dominate the room – a cow and a calf, frozen in mid-stride as they walk through a snow-dappled spruce thicket. They’re pretend, of course. Or half pretend – the feet, the hide, the hair are real. When the department decided that the animals might… Read More »

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    As Still as a Stump: How to Have a Close Encounter of the Wild Kind

    by David C. Brown | Autumn 2007
    …mammals, including bear, deer, moose, and wild dogs (wolves, coyotes, foxes), have an excellent sense of smell and depend upon it to sense danger. A deer, for instance, will be put on alert but might not immediately flee at the sight of you, especially if you’re motionless. If it catches… Read More »

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    Shed Hunting

    by Kubie Brown | April 2nd 2012
    …each year. Deer and moose begin growing their antlers in March or April, and they’re fully grown by late August. When the antlers are growing, they are covered in a velvet-like material that supplies blood to the growing antlers. Prior to the breeding season, shortening day length causes a rise… Read More »

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    The Clinker Polypore: A Fungus with a Future?

    by Virginia Barlow | October 29th 2012
    …fodder for deer and moose. Jim Worrall, at SUNY-Syracuse, notes that ungulates have the right gut microorganisms to break down delignified wood and he has seen evidence of moose feeding on decayed logs in Alaska. Quite a versatile job description for a fungus, the group usually considered to be true… Read More »

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    What is Our Key Indicator?

    by Chuck Wooster | March 26th 2006
    …forest health, tourism, hunting, and a “return-of-the-native” tale, the moose might be a good choice, provided we don’t end up with too many moose, eating every other critter out of house and home. Read More »

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    Waiting for Wolves

    by Madeline Bodin | November 11th 2007
    …agriculture or was clearcut. Moose and white-tailed deer populations had plummeted. Sheep farms ruled the Vermont landscape, providing easy hunting for wolves, but making the wolf the dire enemy of farmers. Bounties on wolves in both Vermont and New Hampshire provided ample incentive for anyone who could kill a wolf… Read More »