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Mastering the air

August 31, 2014 - Most of the local birds have been silent, but the Wood Pewees, both young and mature, are starting to find their voices...
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Time and change

August 30, 2014 - This was a bike-trek day, and one of my favorite stops en route is by a meditation garden created and maintained by the...
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The beginning of the end

August 29, 2014 - While my fern identification skills are not too good, they are improving, and this is a species I know pretty well. Hay-...
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The underwings arrive

August 28, 2014 - Underwings, so named as a group because their hind wings are a complete counter to the patterning of their front wings,...
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Nearly done

August 27, 2014 - Summer at the lake is rapidly drawing to a close—an earlier close than usual because Labor Day occurs at the earliest po...
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In a patch of Jewelweed

August 26, 2014 - In 1991, University of Vermont physiological ecologist Bernd Heinrich published In a Patch of Fireweed, a splendid memoi...
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Poke-ing along

August 25, 2014 - Poke is truly a noxious weed with the capacity to absolutely overrun an area. I should know: one of my self-appointed ta...
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Butterfly bush as advertised

August 24, 2014 - Butterfly bush is supposed to be a floriferous lepidopteran magnet, and in the plant ads and, no doubt, at White Flower...
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Southbound soon

August 23, 2014 - Our dump—OK, transfer station—is located in a sag atop a series of rocky hills that crown our little town, and every tim...
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Deadly delights

August 21, 2014 - It wasn't that my "voyage of discovery" today wasn't filled with the usual intriguing finds, but my trek to Ell Pond yes...
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Reptilian cataracts

August 21, 2014 - Today's trek took me through two states, one swamp, several upland forests, and, finally, to the rocky outcrops of Ell P...
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Harbinger plant

August 20, 2014 - One of the fixtures in the newspaper column I've been writing weekly since February 1978 is a constant searching for har...
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Wood pile refuge

August 19, 2014 - Sometimes I have to walk for miles to get a decent photograph; today, I had to walk about 30 or so feet. That would take...
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Odonates... it's what's for dinner

August 18, 2014 - The first Dragonhunter—the uber-predator of odonates—arrived more than two weeks ago, but ever since I spotted the drago...
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Gone fishin'

August 17, 2014 - The house was quiet early, so I decided to get outside while the gettin' was good. Overnight, by the millpond, we clearl...
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The aster parade

August 16, 2014 - The first of the wild asters have started to bloom. There are many different species around here, the premier blooms of...
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Along came a spider

August 15, 2014 - Today was a very strange day outdoors. The morning dawned chilly, mid-50s chilly, and no sooner did it warm up than the...
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Hurricane Duck

August 14, 2014 - If this were a screenshot from the Weather Channel website, it would be accompanied by lurid red and black letters and f...
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After the deluge

August 13, 2014 - We're in the throes of yet-another long dry spell, during which the vernal pools have evaporated and the millpond waterf...
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Madonna and child

August 12, 2014 - One of my early-evening tasks is to walk down the long driveway to my neighbor's house, and, in her absence, feed her Ma...
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Monarchs at work

August 10, 2014 - I've been trying to get to the Miner Preserve to conduct amphibian, dragonfly, butterfly, and anything else surveys roug...
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An early hint of autumn

August 09, 2014 - With the afternoon actually trending towards the warm side, I headed up to the lake for a swim. It's been a funny summer...
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Green fields with the pros

August 09, 2014 - I've long known about the Connecticut Botanical Society and the terrific walks they sponsor almost every week during the...
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Old home berries

August 08, 2014 - Some 40 years ago, I lived on Jamestown, an island in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. It was a splendid place to be, an...
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Now you don't have a prayer

August 07, 2014 - In advance of a walk I was asked to join, I decided to do a scouting trek to a familiar bit of real estate, the Nature C...
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A twelve-spotted jewel

August 06, 2014 - In the past, my daily walks often took me through my neighbor's hay field, but once it fell into the clutches of a devel...
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A very young conehead

August 05, 2014 - Long before the "Coneheads" sketch made its debut on Saturday Night Live, and certainly well before the movie of the sam...
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Rattlesnake flowers

August 04, 2014 - When we first moved into our woods some 30 years ago, I found several patches of Rattlesnake Plantain, a diminutive fore...
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The snowberries arrive

August 03, 2014 - The hummingbird feeder is alive with both adult and juvenile hummers, and with the pickerel weed still at peak, I've bee...
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Don't blame the goldenrod

August 02, 2014 - Another kind of season is about to begin, and for many unfortunates, this will be the worst of times. I speak, of course...
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Another kind of aerial terror

August 01, 2014 - For the past couple of weeks, I've been scanning the millpond skies for the arrival of one particular species of dragonf...
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