Recent Discussions

  • Felling Trees Against the Lean

    December 25th 2018
    Trees bring us closer to God without the burden of religion and its guilt. Harvesting trees and wildlife is God’s way,  if done with respect and intelligence.Without both, nature can become deadly. Read More »

  • The Disappearing, Reappearing, American Marten

    December 24th 2018
    Great article. I always marveled at the way Martin and fisher could move through their environment almost ghost- like. I have seen a few in Alaska. Read More »

  • The Disappearing, Reappearing, American Marten

    December 24th 2018
    I love how this was written, with humor and info to educate the casual naturalist.  (I especially enjoyed the part about having the long torso ad short legs in common with mammals…I can also relate!)… Read More »

  • The Disappearing, Reappearing, American Marten

    December 24th 2018
    Three years ago, I saw a pine marten in the trees next to my yard. I live in Marshfield, Ma.  I was shocked at how cute his face was and that he was perfectly comfortable… Read More »

  • Felling Trees Against the Lean

    December 24th 2018
    What you’re describing seems high risk to me.  You’re right that a tree that dead could snap, and it’s hard to say where it would snap. Read More »

  • Waiting for Wolves

    December 23rd 2018
    I have seen a black, white and gray wolf appx 90 to 100 lbs on my 285 acre lot just south of the Canadian border. in North Troy, VT I have heard them during deer… Read More »

  • Flying Squirrels: North vs. South

    December 23rd 2018
    I saw our first flying squirrel in the winter of 1994 and watched as he glided across the yard from the maple tree just behind our rural home. That was 24 years ago and had… Read More »

  • Shrew or Mole? Mouse or Vole?

    December 23rd 2018
    We saw a white (not grey or tan) rodent in the collapsed stone wall near the house. The body appeared to be 3-4 inches with a thin tail about the same. Didn’t get a very… Read More »

  • The Porcupine

    December 22nd 2018
    Last year a young porcupine, about the size of a volleyball, spent the entire winter in our yard.  It was probably the porcupette I had encountered in our back lot in early summer. He or… Read More »

  • American Mountain Ash: a Rosaceae by Any Other Name

    December 21st 2018
    I love these trees , we call them dogwood trees up where I live, great article! Read More »

  • Felling Trees Against the Lean

    December 20th 2018
    I have a dead tree about 80’ tall and I’d say around 10” to 12” at the base. It goes up about 25’ then it starts bowing out about 6’ then back to the top… Read More »

  • The Winter Life of the Skunk

    December 19th 2018
    I have pet skunks. Legally owned. In Oregon. They started this Torpor in November, but they were crazy for more food from September to October. Now they just come out to eat 2 times a… Read More »

  • How Do Toads Avoid Croaking in Winter?

    December 17th 2018
    We discovered a toad in the city water valve well in our front yard. It has a tight cover and I can’t imagine how he got inside. After reading this article we’ve decided to leave… Read More »

  • Shrew or Mole? Mouse or Vole?

    December 15th 2018
    Hello everyone, I came across this thread by accident trying to identify what I had at my house this morning, but from all the replies I have come to the conclusion it was a shrew,… Read More »

  • The Soul of a Dead Woodsman

    December 15th 2018
    Thank you for a great write up on Gray Jays. When I see one, I always think of my grandfather who was a woodsman and want to treat them well. Read More »

  • Using More of a Deer

    December 14th 2018
    This is a wonderful article. I’ve been time-poor the last two years and had to go a butcher—and, while ultimately I’m glad to have the meat, I’ve missed the experience of breaking it down. The… Read More »

  • When is the Best Time for Sugarmakers to Tap their Maple Trees?

    December 14th 2018
    We have been tapping earlier every year and last year (2018) we tapped the first week of January and the sap was already flowing as we had 3 January thaws. The sap flow started and… Read More »

  • Frost Heaves: Nature’s Speed Bumps

    December 14th 2018
    Why is it that in late fall when overnight temps are bellowing freezing the 4-8” diameter stones on a woods road (or hiking trail), appear to sink about 1” below the slightly frozen surface of… Read More »

  • The Caterpillar: A Larval Marvel

    December 12th 2018
    Fascinating. Your writing makes such a little creature seem so grand. Go, Caterpillar, go! Read More »

  • Tricks of the Trade: Understanding Low-Kickback Saw Chain

    December 12th 2018
    T Just match the pitch and gauge of the existing chain and it should work, albeit without having the anti kickback features of the recommended chain. Read More »