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It's Halloween... be careful out there

October 31, 2016 - I suspect most naturalists would agree that Halloween is the most delicious of celebrations... and the most appropriate...
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Psychedelic ducks

October 30, 2016 - The unnatural warmth continues, and I could probably hike in shorts. I did, however, spot a Deer Tick on my jeans just a...
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Aquatic renewal

October 29, 2016 - It's hard to believe that only a couple of weeks ago, this stream was almost bone dry and silent, but we've had a close-...
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Botanical parasites

October 28, 2016 - Every month of the growing season features a botanical oddity—a plant devoid of chlorophyll, the pigment that powers the...
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The Birds, redux

October 27, 2016 - The rain ended just in time for me to finish up indoor projects then head into town on a grocery shopping mission... yet...
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Fall snowbirds

October 26, 2016 - For reasons that have all too much to do with work—both paying work and the house variety—I'm having a lot of trouble ge...
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Caterpillar luck

October 25, 2016 - Sometimes you just get lucky, and I think today is going to be one of those times. Case in point: I was having a pretty...
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Drought easer

October 24, 2016 - With the more than half-an-inch of rain that we enjoyed over the past couple of days, the millpond was beginning to fill...
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Worst idea ever

October 23, 2016 - There was significant snow in the White Mountains, but nothing save chill and sunshine along the New Hampshire coast, ou...
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Factory shutdown

October 22, 2016 - Today was public walk day at the Preston Nature Preserve, but, with the rain pelting down all morning—not that I'm compl...
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Flight ready

October 21, 2016 - I'm hosting a public walk tomorrow at the Preston Nature Preserve, one of the jewels in the Avalonia Land Conservancy cr...
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Rock and roll

October 20, 2016 - Teaching day today, and, although the weather threatened to be uncooperative, I really lucked out and was able to take a...
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Gleaner possum

October 19, 2016 - So maybe this is why the persimmon harvest has been so meager... I was heading out to the compost heap at around 10 this...
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Still oystercatching

October 18, 2016 - Indian summer is one thing, but true summer weather is quite another, so, with the temperature nudging 80, I gave up all...
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Fall, finally

October 17, 2016 - In the realm of what nature photographers often call "leaf porn," this shot, taken from the millpond dam, is probably th...
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Earwig protector

October 16, 2016 - It hasn't been all that fine a season for migrating warblers, and maybe that's for the best. To paraphrase an immortal l...
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Panorama and close-up

October 15, 2016 - Before I dropped my granddaughter Stasia off for a much-hoped-for sleepover at Auntie's, I wasn't able to interest her i...
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Balancing beam

October 14, 2016 - Joy of joys, the woods are ringing again with the sound of girlish laughter! My granddaughter Stasia is here for the wee...
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Witch and spider

October 13, 2016 - Well in advance of Halloween, the witches are out... but seeing them is hardly cause for alarm. Concern, perhaps, since...
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Cast off history

October 12, 2016 - Most of my daily walks are, for better or worse, done alone, but at least a couple of blessed times a year, I get to tre...
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First frost

October 11, 2016 - Despite the orange warnings at the Weather Channel and the "Frost Advisory" headline on the National Weather Service ale...
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Little blue

October 10, 2016 - I haven't roamed the remains of the tallgrass prairie areas of the Midwest for almost half a century, but if I ever get...
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Definitely X-rated

October 09, 2016 - For the first time in what seems like months, it rained steadily and hard all day. But by late afternoon, it had tapered...
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Beech connection

October 08, 2016 - Where is a good field botanist when I need one? On yet another walk to the back woods to release yet another mouse trapp...
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A maybe migrant

October 07, 2016 - All modesty aside, I am not a world-class birder. Nor, as viewers will certainly attest, am I a world-class photographer...
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The problem with mice

October 06, 2016 - When you live in the country, you will, by definition, have problems with mice. No matter how hard you try to keep the r...
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Feeding frenzy

October 05, 2016 - When I was a lot younger and used to walk the autumn beaches, a fishing rod rather than a camera in hand—I might have a...
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The wanderer

October 04, 2016 - I had to talk myself into going to the beach this afternoon, and it was a difficult argument, since I'd already gone for...
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Baby explorer

October 03, 2016 - Mondays have long been special. In addition to the unforgiving deadline imposed by the weekly natural history column, A...
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Charm school

October 02, 2016 - With what little rain we were blessed to receive—only a bit more than half an inch—finally out of the picture, I trekked...
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Flocking together

October 01, 2016 - Yet another sign that autumn is upon us began appearing recently: the massing of the blackbirds, grackles, and starlings...
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