Recent Discussions

  • Lost Histories: The Story of New England's Stone Chambers

    August 15th 2018
    It is a little frustrating to find no answers, really, to these astonishing cairns. We have a great many in our area, partially collapsed but with petroglyphs, effigies, wall carvings you can’t believe,  and some… Read More »

  • Buck Meets Doe

    August 13th 2018
    Climate change is warming up the planet. In turn, this is affecting the estrus cycles of deer. Unfortunately, drought causes less food to be available. Less than 4% of the Earth’s s wild animal herds,… Read More »

  • Transformations: Which Caterpillar Becomes Which Butterfly?

    August 11th 2018
    We are raising Monarch caterpillars. They kept disappearing from our milkweed so we decided to bring them in to be safe. So glad we did. One emerged and it was an amazing experience.  We currently… Read More »

  • Dragonflies on the Move

    August 10th 2018
    I am very fortunate to have found this webpage!  On July 29, 2018, my wife and I (and hundreds of others) witnessed a dragonfly migration on the beach in Truro, Cape Cod. Truly an amazing… Read More »

  • House Wren Eviction

    August 8th 2018
    I’m glad you enjoyed the article, Ethan and Susan. And I agree that house wrens are a pleasure to watch and hear, despite their sometimes-surly behavior. Read More »

  • The Long View

    August 8th 2018
    What a wonderful article. Thank you for posting this! Read More »

  • Dry Weather May Mean Less Lyme Disease

    August 5th 2018
    Very informative. Thank you. Just wish there was some mention of the predators of the little rodents that are killed with such reckless abandon. They DO play a role. Read More »

  • Dry Weather May Mean Less Lyme Disease

    August 3rd 2018
    Currently dealing with my first full blown Lyme’s infection that medication didn’t help and now doing naturopath, herbs and nutrition, but also wondering…didn’t the early Native American’s burn to rid the land of pestilence and… Read More »

  • House Wren Eviction

    August 3rd 2018
    I have wrens in my yard and the male had started nests in 4-5 boxes before the couple decided on one near my back patio.  They have chased out a chickadee family that started there… Read More »

  • A New Day for Nighthawks?

    July 30th 2018
    Very well-written and informative article. While working at the Army Cold Regions Lab in Hanover, Doug Hardy and I installed two pea stone nesting pads on the last remaining stone-covered roof at the facility.  I… Read More »

  • House Wren Eviction

    July 30th 2018
    Enjoyed your article Carolyn.  I’ve persuaded house wrens to choose one of the other dummy nests too.  One year they nested in a front yard box on a suburban neighborhood road.  Not only are they… Read More »

  • House Wren Eviction

    July 30th 2018
    Nice story! I learned that the “white cottony material” is likely spider egg cases. Read More »

  • How Mange, a Terminal Disease, Afflicts Red Fox

    July 28th 2018
    Coming home from dinner we encountered a strange looking animal in our neighborhood standing still in the road.  It was completely hairless and long and thin.  I took a cellphone photo of it and waited… Read More »

  • The Odor Side of Otters

    July 27th 2018
    Very informative.  Thank you! Read More »

  • When a Tree Falls in a Forest

    July 26th 2018
    I have found some downed trees that are thought to be Eastern Red Cedar in North Georgia Mountains at elevation of 3000 ft.. How can I determine how long they have been laying there on… Read More »

  • Coppicing for Firewood

    July 26th 2018
    I can only speculate, Charles—too many unknowns, the biggest being just how efficient the house really is. But if the house really is tight, you might get away with 3 cords of wood a year?… Read More »

  • Little White Sac Discovery

    July 26th 2018
    I discovered this some years ago in our own yard when I caught a little wren dropping a “bomb” that hit a limb in a pine tree. I investigated and soon discovered the magic of… Read More »

  • Little White Sac Discovery

    July 25th 2018
    Thanks, Ann and Bill! Read More »

  • Coppicing for Firewood

    July 24th 2018
    Hello, I am thinking of buying a house in northern Vermont that is 2500 sq ft, well insulated, and designed as a passive solar house. As such, how many cords of wood do you think… Read More »

  • The Misunderstood Snapper

    July 24th 2018
    If you stumble across this older article, or any other articles that mentions picking up snapping turtles, please note that you should never pick one up by the tail as this can severely damage their… Read More »