The Outside Story

The Outside Story: Catch and release
The Outside Story
July 27, 2016

The Outside Story: Catch and release

By Tim Traver

To be good at catching fish these days you have to be good at letting fish go. Releasing fish unharmed turns out to be a good way to share a limited resource, and depending on what you hook, it also may be…

The Outside Story
July 21, 2016

Nymphs in the garden

By Carolyn Lorié

By mid-July, the oregano in my herb garden has grown tall and tatty, and I want nothing more than to cut it back into a tidy mound. But I don’t. Doing so would deprive the flurry of common wood nymph butterflies that…

The Outside Story;  How do cowbirds learn to be cowbirds?
The Outside Story
July 7, 2016

The Outside Story; How do cowbirds learn to be cowbirds?

By Carolyn Lorié

Unlike the majority of birds, brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) do not start life surrounded by their own kind. The females do not build nests, but instead add their eggs to the clutches of other birds—usually one per nest, but sometimes several. Host…

The Outside Story: Karner blues make a comeback
The Outside Story
June 30, 2016

The Outside Story: Karner blues make a comeback

 

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul

The Karner blue, New Hampshire’s state butterfly, is a wisp of a thing, a tiny fluttering of silvery-blue wings. Unless you happen to be wandering through a pine barren or black-oak savannah, however, you’re unlikely to spot one. Even then,…

The Outside Story: Jack-in-the-pulpits
The Outside Story
June 23, 2016

The Outside Story: Jack-in-the-pulpits

Jack-in-the-pulpit–or is that Jill?

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul

Jack-in-the-pulpits (Arisaema triphyllum) are not the most colorful spring flowers, but what they lack in beauty they make up for in interesting characteristics. These easily-identified plants are full of surprises, from their ability to change from male…

The Outside Story: Return of the bald eagle
The Outside Story
June 16, 2016

The Outside Story: Return of the bald eagle

By Michael J. Caduto To the delight of all who revel in the grace and beauty of nature, bald eagles are soaring above New England in numbers unseen for over a century. We’ve come a long way since the days when poor farming and logging…

The Outside Story: Lady’s-slipper season
The Outside Story
June 9, 2016

The Outside Story: Lady’s-slipper season

By Susan Shea

I’ll never forget my first encounter with lady’s-slippers. While hiking the Long Trail in southern Vermont one June, we camped near a remote pond. Our tent site beneath an evergreen canopy was surrounded by the flowers. Each hung from a stalk that…

The Outside Story: Angry birds
The Outside Story
May 26, 2016

The Outside Story: Angry birds

By Carolyn Lorié

One morning in mid-March, I opened the door to discover a dark-eyed junco frenetically battling another bird. Or at least it thought it was another bird. His nemesis was, in fact, his own reflection in the stainless-steel chimney of my woodstove. The…

The Outside Story: Smelling with a forked tongue
The Outside Story
May 23, 2016

The Outside Story: Smelling with a forked tongue

 

By Laurie Morrissey

Did you ever use your hands to scoop the air toward your nose when someone takes a pie out of the oven? Snakes are doing the same thing when they flick their forked tongues.

“They are manipulating the air, bringing chemicals…