Recent Discussions

  • Bird Smell is Nothing to Sniff At

    January 19th 2018
    I’m so glad to read this! I have a friend (who has a degree in fisheries and wildlife) that insisted birds can’t smell. I had told her that the birds who invade my vineyard just… Read More »

  • A Professor and a Practitioner

    January 19th 2018
    The definition of a life well-lived. Read More »

  • In January, Owl Courtship Begins

    January 19th 2018
    Thank you for the great info! If we were to plan a hike in our area (Sunkhaze Meadows NWR in Milford) what time of the night or morning are the owl most active? Since it… Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 17th 2018
    Thanks for the defiance to conventional child-rearing wisdom. I couldn’t agree more..Conditioning while they’re young will help them to appreciate it as they grow. Nothing brings a winter smile like kids out throwing snow balls… Read More »

  • Coyotes Prepare for Winter

    January 17th 2018
    One of my co-workers, whose home is downtown, told me he saw a coyote up in an apple tree picking frozen apples off branches.  Until then I had not realized what an omnivore coyotes are. Read More »

  • Our Common Home

    January 17th 2018
    Amen! Read More »

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    January 17th 2018
    The cold is invigorating.  I much prefer the deep cold, especially if it’s bright and sunny over hot humid weather.  One of my friends, who is Norwegian descent, agrees with this wholeheartedly.  He says, ‘survived… Read More »

  • 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 »