Recent Discussions

  • Freezing Time

    February 2nd 2018
    Around here, everything is frozen solid so that it’s almost impossible to get out and do anything.  My spiked shoes , snowshoes and Yak Trax don’t even do the job so it seems like a… Read More »

  • The Truth About Praying Mantises

    February 2nd 2018
    Collect mantis cocoons during the winter fr my garden. Not for pest control but because they are so cool to watch. One day my girlfriend came in from doing some weeding and asked. “How often… Read More »

  • A Woodburning Life

    February 2nd 2018
    Ditto to all your comments including sleeping cats, Laurie. I’m 71; started with wood stove and fireplace as a baby (not literally) at a summer place in the Great Lakes, and now 46 years with… Read More »

  • Deerflies

    January 30th 2018
    Hi Jeremy, You are correct, it’s quite a way from the Winooski River to the nearest salt marsh.  Greenheads are in the same family as deerflies, but a different species.  They are mentioned because the… Read More »

  • Flying Squirrels: North vs. South

    January 25th 2018
    Bring the flying squirrels you trap to the wildlife rehabber. They will take them from you and care for them until they can safely release them. Every state has wildlife rehabbers through Fish and Game. Read More »

  • A Professor and a Practitioner

    January 24th 2018
    Irwin’s lasting legacy is a notion that provides a little comfort, for while I am so not ready to say goodbye, I know he will always be with me. I first met Irwin in print,… Read More »

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

    January 24th 2018
    I have tapped in Jan, Feb, March doesn’t seem to make much difference. Read More »

  • A Woodburning Life

    January 23rd 2018
    Laurie, loved your memories and comments about wood heat. My friends and I believe that wood heat has a special radiant wave length not possessed by other fuel forms such as gas, oil, and electric… Read More »

  • Do Tree Stems Freeze in Winter?

    January 23rd 2018
    In winter the branches of the Colorado blue spruce, Engleman spruce and sub alpine fir appear smaller as if they have shrunk. Is this a result of water leaving the needles or some other phenomena?… Read More »

  • A Woodburning Life

    January 23rd 2018
    Nice! Read More »

  • A Professor and a Practitioner

    January 22nd 2018
    It was an absolute shock to hear Irwin’s passing away…We can’t believe such a gentle, kind and loving person leaving us so early. We were hoping he’d recover soon and to see him again this… Read More »

  • A Woodburning Life

    January 22nd 2018
    Hi Laurie. We’ve heated with wood for 35 years now. First in our condo in Williston for 8 years and then in our house in Cambridge. We have a wood furnace. Her name is, of… Read More »

  • Coyotes Prepare for Winter

    January 22nd 2018
    Thanks-a lovely piece. I’ve been trying to figure out why I don’t hear the pack at night now that it’s winter. Used to hear them every night in the fall. I miss hearing them but… Read More »

  • The Disappearing Wood Thrush

    January 20th 2018
    In the late 70’s within the Manistee National Forest near the town of Irons we would camp along the Little Manistee river where the Wood Thrush song could be heard as if “echoing.” now living… Read More »

  • Lessons in Butchering Venison

    January 20th 2018
    Great article. I want to try dry aging some venison next season- this was the first season my husband started hunting again after a few year hiatus. I think we’ll both hunt next year and… Read More »

  • A Professor and a Practitioner

    January 19th 2018
    Irwin was a wonderful man.  He lives around the corner from us.  We have purchased our firewood from him for years.  When it came time for our daughter to be granted a wish from the… Read More »

  • A Professor and a Practitioner

    January 19th 2018
    A visit to Irwin’s lumber mill was a wonderful opportunity to learn about wood, trees, communities, respect, and so much more. His wisdom will be missed. Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 19th 2018
    I second Marg’s Norwegian friend’s comment about surviving summer. I am also of Scandinavian descent—love winter and become positively nonfunctional in hot, humid weather. Read More »

  • Bird Smell is Nothing to Sniff At

    January 19th 2018
    Last fall My friend Mike shot a nice spike deer. After gutting out the animal we took it to tagging station . I like the heart meat so I asked Mike for it and he… Read More »

  • Bird Smell is Nothing to Sniff At

    January 19th 2018
    Some of us have long thought this. Certainly Turkey Vultures obviously can smell and are able to detect well hidden carrion. As a long time Turkey hunter, I have long wondered if wild Turkeys could… Read More »