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In cold, wet woods, needle ice sprouts
The Outside Story
March 2, 2016

In cold, wet woods, needle ice sprouts

By Rachel Sargent

The bare ground of the trail wound through dead leaves and patchy snow. At a short overhang in the trail, I noticed spiky threads of ice growing up from the soil in crunchy clusters. A careless boot revealed how fragile these formations…

Lichen—not technically a plant
The Outside Story
February 17, 2016

Lichen—not technically a plant

By Joe Rankin

On cold winter days, while feeding sticks of firewood into my woodstove, I sometimes pause, my eye caught by lichens. Splotchy circles, lacy tendrils. Soft gray, muted gray-green, black. They mottle the bark. When I look out the window next…

Goshawk: apex accipiter
The Outside Story
February 10, 2016

Goshawk: apex accipiter

By Thomas Ames, Jr.

“The Boke of St. Albans,” a 15th century sportsman’s handbook, decreed that only a nobleman could hunt with a falcon, but a mere yeoman might settle for a goshawk. “In the talons there was death,” wrote T. H. White, who famously…

The Outside Story: Have you seen a mountain lion?
The Outside Story
February 3, 2016

The Outside Story: Have you seen a mountain lion?

By Madeline Bodin

In the photo, the mountain lion lies on its side on the shoulder of a Connecticut parkway. Taillights shine in the distance. A Connecticut state trooper snapped the photo after a motorist had struck and killed the animal on a June night…

Ice magic
Column
January 28, 2016

Ice magic

illustration for this column was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol

By Laurie Morrissey

Last night, the floodlights were on at my favorite skating lake. Several children wearing plastic skates and shiny helmets were gliding on the ice, shepherded by young parents. A father pulled…

The Outside Story: Crows
The Outside Story
January 8, 2016

The Outside Story: Crows

Crow communication is cawfully complicated

By Joe Rankin

“Caw! Caw!” Every spring we hear it. And my wife says, “that’s My Crow.” It’s apparently the bird’s name. She capitalizes it in her tone. I think she hasn’t bestowed a more formal name because she doesn’t…

The Outside Story: What colors can deer see?
The Outside Story
January 8, 2016

The Outside Story: What colors can deer see?

By Dave Mance III

If you’re a hunter who’s ever ordered something from a sporting goods company, it’s probably safe to assume that you’ve been inundated with catalogues over the past four months. God help you if you save your seed catalogues, too.

If you…