Category Archives: The Outside Story

Drumroll, please
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April 19, 2017

Drumroll, please

By Bryan Pfeiffer Trees speak many languages, their leaves whooshing in summer and trunks creaking in winter. At the onset of spring, trees become sounding boards for courtship. Before the…

Return of the missing lynx
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April 12, 2017

Return of the missing lynx

By Susan Shea In the northern forest of New England, a big gray cat crouches silently in a dense thicket of fir along a snowshoe hare run. Its pointed ears,…

Time travel in a peat bog
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March 29, 2017

Time travel in a peat bog

By Declan McCabe Gutter pipes full of soggy peat show up on the bench by my office each March. This means one thing: my colleague Peter Hope’s Saint Michael’s College…

Snow buntings: nomads from the north
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February 22, 2017

Snow buntings: nomads from the north

By Susan Shea Driving to town on a winter day, I occasionally see flocks of white birds where the wind sweeps across fields, blowing snow across the road and exposing…

All about antlers
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February 8, 2017

All about antlers

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul A few autumns ago, one of the frequent visitors to our gone-wild apple orchard was a lopsided, one-point buck. We often see does and young, antlerless…