Category Archives: The Outside Story

The nostalgia of wintergreen
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June 29, 2017

The nostalgia of wintergreen

By Kathy Bernier I give a lot of tours at my 80-acre homestead, and have found that most visitors are delighted for the opportunity to connect nature with real life….

The evolution of bird feet
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June 21, 2017

The evolution of bird feet

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul As spring’s crescendo of birdsong mellows now to a steadier summer trill, I listen for melodies I don’t recognize and try to figure out which birds…

Summer skaters
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June 14, 2017

Summer skaters

By Declan McCabe Scanning a sunlit pond floor for crayfish, I was distracted by seven dark spots gliding in a tight formation. Six crisp oval shadows surrounded a faint, less…

Twilight singer: The Hermit Thrush
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May 31, 2017

Twilight singer: The Hermit Thrush

By Susan Shea If you take a walk in the woods on a summer evening, you may be treated to the ethereal, flute-like song of the hermit thrush, often the…

On mammal teeth
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May 24, 2017

On mammal teeth

By Tim Traver When my daughter was 4, she once asked, “Do mice get cavities?” We were coming back from the dentist, so teeth were on her mind and so…

The great duckweed migration
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May 19, 2017

The great duckweed migration

By Declan McCabe The word “migration” conjures images of vast wildebeest or pronghorn herds crossing plains in unison, or hummingbirds traversing the Gulf of Mexico. When charismatic birds leave our…

A precious stone with wings
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May 11, 2017

A precious stone with wings

By Carolyn Lorié One day last spring, I pulled into a parking lot in Thetford and saw a flash of brilliant red. Instantly, I knew it was a male scarlet…

Wild leeks
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May 3, 2017

Wild leeks

By Virginia Barlow The white bulbs of wild leeks, also called ramps (especially in the South), can be eaten year round, but it’s the early leaves that are most appreciated….