Recent Discussions

  • The Sociable Gray Squirrel

    February 15th 2019
    According to my mammal book, they’re two different species, Dana. The greys are Sciurus carolinensis, and as of 1981 there were 5 subspecies recognized. The foxes are S. niger, and as of 1981 there were… Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    February 14th 2019
    I’m so heartbroken. In southern California, the houses are surrounded by clear glass wind barriers. I just started feeding birds this winter and many finches and a mourning dove couple eat at my feeders. The… Read More »

  • Does an Acre of Hilly Land Contain More Land Than an Acre of Flat Land?

    February 12th 2019
    The article is an eye opener. Initially, and with no background on surveying, my assumption was that to verify an acre, you simply take length x width x conversion factor; irrespective of topography. This was… Read More »

  • The Sociable Gray Squirrel

    February 12th 2019
    Is the Grey Squirrel a different species from the equally large but reddish colored Eastern Fox Squirrel or just a subspecies? Read More »

  • When Tapping, Don’t Disregard Red Maple

    February 12th 2019
    It’s hard to say without seeing them, Joe. If the reds are north exposure and the sugars are south exposure, it could be as simple as microclimate. Double check your holes on the reds and… Read More »

  • Opossums Find Cold Comfort in New England’s Winters

    February 11th 2019
    We have one just outside of Green Bay Wisconsin! We had a couple of weeks recently with temps well below Zero day and night, yet here it is, three times in the past two weeks.… Read More »

  • The Sociable Gray Squirrel

    February 11th 2019
    I’ve lived in the same home for 20 years and have always entertained gray squirrels.  Last year we had a red squirrel show up and then the problems started.  As your article suggests; the much… Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    February 11th 2019
    Hi,we were just watching these pretty birds this morning around our bird feeder.(its Feb.12/2019)We didn’t see them since summer and started to wonder, where they suddenly came from? So I decided to learn more about… Read More »

  • Does an Acre of Hilly Land Contain More Land Than an Acre of Flat Land?

    February 10th 2019
    Great article.  I plan to have the boundaries of my residential property surveyed so that I can be sure that a retaining wall that I plan to rebuild is on my property.  How can I… Read More »

  • Felling Trees Against the Lean

    February 10th 2019
    I have a 45’ tree that leans “almost ” correctly.  If I cut it the way it leans the top 15’ will hit the fence. I need it to land 3’ farther to the right… Read More »

  • When Tapping, Don’t Disregard Red Maple

    February 8th 2019
    (Posted for Joe:) I just tapped red and sugar maple trees at the same time using the same type of tap kit.  They are at different locations.  The sugar maples have produced a few gallons… Read More »

  • Wood and Its Carbon Debt, Again

    February 5th 2019
    I too was struck by some of the statements made by Brave Little State in their program “The Pros and Cons of Heating with Wood”, particularly in their carbon calculations.  Here is some recent research… Read More »

  • Gray Jays: Birds With Attitude

    February 5th 2019
    We have a newly-cleared property and just figured out who these guys were. Ours are large, which is why it took me a few tries to identify them. I was overestimating their size on the… Read More »

  • Wood and Its Carbon Debt, Again

    February 4th 2019
    Dave -  I read the Petrenko and Friedland paper you referred me to.  I am an engineer by trade and spend much time in test pits analyzing soil.  I also spend at least as much… Read More »

  • Wood and Its Carbon Debt, Again

    February 3rd 2019
    We have a small woodlot, 163 acres, and all of our firewood comes off our land, always as a side benefit of doing a selective timber cut, prescribed by our forester, or in onesies and… Read More »

  • Opossums Find Cold Comfort in New England’s Winters

    February 3rd 2019
    We have two come for the cat food. They sleep under the summer house. We’ve had single digit weather and I’m very concerned. I have not seen them in days. I’m hoping to see them… Read More »

  • Wood and Its Carbon Debt, Again

    February 2nd 2019
    Thanks for your discussion. I like your title “again.” We just have to keep calling out the bad information going round and round. In their effort to be fair I think VPR/BLS gave a littler… Read More »

  • The Butterflies of Winter

    February 2nd 2019
    Thank you so much for this very informative article.  We look forward to hosting many more butterflies this year, as we are continuing to expand our Monarch Way Station,  planting more common and swamp milkweed,… Read More »

  • Wood and Its Carbon Debt, Again

    February 2nd 2019
    Burning wood is a great example of how the perfect can be the enemy of the good. Some carbon is released, as is true with every form of energy production. But the benefits - biological,… Read More »

  • Wood and Its Carbon Debt, Again

    February 1st 2019
    Great article! When science and the use of statistics get distorted to support any agenda then we are cheated out of finding a true answer to the problem in question. I am a retired owner… Read More »