Category Archives: The Outside Story

Bark in winter
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February 3, 2017

Bark in winter

By Joe Rankin It’s winter. Hardwood trees are bare. But that doesn’t mean the woods are bereft of interest. Winter, when sunlight slants in, is the time when bark comes…

Mink in the middle
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January 25, 2017

Mink in the middle

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul If the river otter is the most aquatic member of the mustelid family and weasels represent the terrestrial branch of the clan, the American mink is…

Boisterous Blue Jays flock in winter
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January 18, 2017

Boisterous Blue Jays flock in winter

By Susan Shea “Jay, jay, jay!” Every morning last winter I awoke to the loud cries of a flock of 17 blue jays dancing around my feeder. They gorged on…

The arthropods among us
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January 11, 2017

The arthropods among us

By Kenrick Vezina Not to alarm you, but you’re surrounded. There, buzzing stupidly into the slats of your venetian blinds, is a house fly. Nearby, nestled in a crevice of…

The trees of Christmas past and future
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December 28, 2016

The trees of Christmas past and future

By Patrick White You picked it out, maybe cut it down, brought it home, watered it, and decorated it. But do you know what species of tree that is, surrounded…

The Color of Cranberries
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December 1, 2016

The Color of Cranberries

By Tim Traver As a kid fidgeting at my grandmother’s Thanksgiving table, I often wondered, what’s the point of cranberries? She had a live-in Irish cook who insisted on serving…