Category Archives: The Outside Story

Salamander party tricks
The Outside Story
September 6, 2017

Salamander party tricks

drawn by Adelaide Tyrol By Brett Amy Thelan I once heard of a biologist with a clever party trick: regardless of where or when a given party was taking place,…

Deerflies: An intense buzzing game
The Outside Story
August 31, 2017

Deerflies: An intense buzzing game

Illustration by Adelaide Tyrol By Declan McCabe My students and I were conducting research in the Winooski River floodplain at Saint Michael’s College last week when the buzzing became particularly…

A dragon devours the sun
The Outside Story
August 16, 2017

A dragon devours the sun

By Michael J. Caduto More than 3,000 years ago, the Chinese believed that a dragon ate the sun during a solar eclipse, so they gathered outdoors to drive away the…

The dirt on moles
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July 20, 2017

The dirt on moles

By Susan Shea My dog watched intently as an area of soil in our backyard vibrated and formed a slight ridge. Suddenly he began digging, revealing a mole below ground….

Summer House Guests
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July 13, 2017

Summer House Guests

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul Perhaps the phoebe selected her nesting spot during the few days my family was away from home at the end of April. Otherwise, I can’t quite…

Starlings aren’t darling
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July 5, 2017

Starlings aren’t darling

By Joe Rankin It’s the classic story of unintended consequences. In 1890, Eugene Schieffelin released 60 starlings in New York’s Central Park with the hope of establishing a breeding population….