Recent Discussions

  • Tricks of the Trade: Living Fenceposts

    January 15th 2018
    Gary, no that will not necessarily solve the deer problem. I understand they can jump up to 15 feet, and often I see them effortlessly sailing over a 4’ fence. What will deter them is… Read More »

  • The Subnivean Zone: Shelter in the Snow

    January 15th 2018
    After the recent thaw accompanied by rain, I took two grandsons for a woodland hike. There were many tunnels in remaining snow with the tops gone.  Nice to show them where the voles and mice… Read More »

  • Bird Smell is Nothing to Sniff At

    January 15th 2018
    Years ago, at our house in central NH, we buried our 60-lb. dog in the front meadow. I put her 2 feet deep - the wet soil prevented going deeper - and covered her over. … Read More »

  • Bird Smell is Nothing to Sniff At

    January 15th 2018
    Upon cleaning out my freezer I found a small tangerine sized bit of suet. I put it in a small mesh bag and hung it on a tree outside the kitchen window. Within 4 hours… Read More »

  • Flying Squirrels: North vs. South

    January 13th 2018
    I have them in the walls above the garage and it’s obvious how they got in. I don’t want to kill them with snap traps but if I am able to relocate them with live… Read More »

  • Old Man’s Beard

    January 10th 2018
    Tania, thank you for writing about this lichen. I am just becoming an Interpretive Ranger on Mt. Bachelor, OR and found this story very interesting and easy to read. We have them on Mt. Bachelor… Read More »

  • Crow Communication is Cawfully Complicated

    January 10th 2018
    I live in a densely forested area, with a large family of crows.  I have started mimicking their “crow talk” while going on walks through the forest.  They get quite excited & curious & will… Read More »

  • Beech Bark Disease

    January 9th 2018
    I have lived across the state of NY for my whole life, 60 now; hunted, fished, hiked, cut firewood, camped, etc., the American Beech has always been one of my favorites for many reasons. The… Read More »

  • Night Vision: How Animals See in the Dark

    January 8th 2018
    I have had this question come up for me and I would like you guys to answer this: Many animals designed for night vision have only rod cells in their retinas, and lack cone cells… Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    January 7th 2018
    Hi Nice article, however MD’s did not get to northern NE until the mid 1900’s.  Did our feeding them tend to keep the males here all winter? What other food could they get? Read More »

  • Beech Bark Disease

    January 6th 2018
    It seems this disease comes in waves.  When I started as a forester in 1971 there was in increasing wave of the disease, and then things seemed to quiet down for awhile. When doing a… Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 6th 2018
    I must mention “The Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv, 2006. The idea of “nature-deficit disorder”- and its obvious cure - is steadily gaining credibility among professionals of all stripes.  One of my… Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 5th 2018
    Thanks for a fun read that made me smile. I needed that. No longer do I feel alone. Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 5th 2018
    I love it. You are so right. Thank you. Read More »

  • Dispatch from Deer Camp, 2017

    January 5th 2018
    I think this is the crux of the matter: (Dave wrote) “In the same way that most chainsaw accidents happen when you lose your fear of it, not when you first pick up the saw,… Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 5th 2018
    One of the most alarming moments I had in my life was when living in metro Connecticut and working as an office temp in a mega insurance company. In snowy weather, I bundled up in… Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 5th 2018
    Wholly agree with the author’s sentiment. The ‘news’ is big business, and some will use fear to sell it. As consumers, we should challenge the self-proclaimed experts. Alternately, one might find entertainment in watching the… Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 5th 2018
    Hear, hear—to listen to the TV weather people, just opening your door is to risk instantly flash freezing into a solid mass. As someone once said, “There’s no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.” We frequently… Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 5th 2018
    As usual, another great editorial.  Thanks for urging folk to get their kids outside more, even when it’s cold. Nice images of your own family outings. Childless, adoptive grandfather of two, Hubey Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 5th 2018
    While I agree that we shouldn’t avoid the cold (I’m starting to feel stir crazy myself), by warning parents of babies and other individuals not to go out into the deep cold, we’re avoiding mishaps… Read More »