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Another Official Vernal Beginning

March 31, 2018 - Naturalists are forever looking for the One True Indicator that a season has actually begun, and when it comes to spring...
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Frog porn

March 30, 2018 - Let me be blunt: none of the serial sexual harassers unmasked, it would seem, almost daily, has anything on Wood Frogs....
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Back to environmental ed.

March 29, 2018 - I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but an awful lot of the joy I've experienced recently in the natural world i...
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Soul food

March 28, 2018 - Just after the earliest crocuses flood the barren ground around here with soft colors, the spiky leaves of the Reticulat...
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Now nesting

March 27, 2018 - This is pretty embarrassing: a few days ago, in the post that featured a photo—rather dramatic, if I do say so myself—of...
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Second attempt

March 26, 2018 - I doubt that any of the Wood Frogs attending tonight's warmer-weather orgy had any idea of just how wrong things went fo...
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Rites of spring

March 25, 2018 - It's not exactly a warmth trend, but it is warming, and as it does, the Wood Frog Chorale has once again burst into, wel...
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Owl watching

March 23, 2018 - I suspected I wouldn't be the only local organism interested in the activities at the Great Horned Owl nest I discovered...
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Usurper

March 23, 2018 - There's a backroad on my route to cardiac rehab, and at this time of the year, it's one of those natural history touchst...
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Bird in hand

March 22, 2018 - Getting a bird close-up— this close-up—is a rare and wondrous thing, but the reason it's possible around here is typical...
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Great expectations thwarted

March 21, 2018 - Another week, another nor'easter... or, at least, such was the forecast for a gale most correctly called No-Longer-Winte...
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Spring arrival greeting corps

March 20, 2018 - There's a tradition around here for greeting the start of spring, which arrived officially at 12:15 PM: get up before da...
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Newly emerging

March 19, 2018 - It's chilly. It's grim. My left knee is not working well and the rest of that leg is hardly picking up the slack. And th...
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Appetizer

March 17, 2018 - Post one nor'easter and in advance, no doubt, of the next one, I filled the bird feeder and tried to keep the squirrels...
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American buffalo

March 17, 2018 - Sometimes you get lucky, and, sometimes, you get lucky while you're carrying a camera and the light is right. This is on...
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Angler competition

March 16, 2018 - At least three times a week I spend part of the afternoon driving down River Road, a country lane that borders the Pawca...
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Tail feather shake

March 15, 2018 - Whether you call it the Green Falls (plural) or Green Fall (singular) River, this well-known trout stream runs fairly cl...
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Skylar's wake

March 14, 2018 - Winter Storm Skylar finally departed and left snow amounts that varied all over the nearby map. A small town a mere ten...
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Nor'easter number three

March 13, 2018 - When there's a storm in the offing, my feelings of assurance in the forecast are proportional to the amount of hype: the...
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The pollinators arrive

March 12, 2018 - In a recent scientific paper I scanned, the headline touted members of the housefly congregation as the dominant pollina...
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Oh say can you see?

March 11, 2018 - Today marked another wonderful milestone in my ongoing return to full natural history action: a trip to Watch Hill to, a...
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Beavertail specialty

March 10, 2018 - In the early afternoon, I dropped my wife Pam off at the airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, for her flight to join her tw...
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Looking forward deliciously

March 09, 2018 - The latest winter storm barely left enough snow to ski on, and, on a somewhat less-than-frigid day, that thin, crusty co...
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Down and out

March 08, 2018 - Winter Storm Quinn took quite a while to make up his mind about whether he'd be a snowstorm or a rain event, but overnig...
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Meteorological shower

March 07, 2018 - On a frigid early morning on November 18, 1999, the annual Leonid meteor shower, which gets spectacular every 33 years—t...
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Sun fly

March 06, 2018 - It actually got warm today... well, warmish... and when I'd finally finished up enough inside work to be able to finally...
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Riley reckoning

March 05, 2018 - With my granddaughter Stasia safely back home and in school—and the wind diminished enough so that I no longer need a ha...
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Leavetaking... again

March 04, 2018 - OK, I know I shouldn't be doing this... absolutely shouldn't be... This is, after all, a blog about local natural histor...
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Riley's aftermath

March 03, 2018 - As storms go, Riley was only semi-memorable. The bombogenic gale did, it's true, craft its own version of natural forest...
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Not braving the storm

March 02, 2018 - There was no doubt whatsoever that this was going to be an indoor day. Yes, I know that I've staked a claim about taking...
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Ground-level suns

March 01, 2018 - When the first Winter Aconite leaves and blossoms-to-be poked out of the leaf litter last week, I expected that their fl...
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