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Summer House Guests
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July 13, 2017

Summer House Guests

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul

Perhaps the phoebe selected her nesting spot during the few days my family was away from home at the end of April. Otherwise, I can’t quite figure her decision to build a nest atop the back porch light, right next to…

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 are singing. I look through binoculars at their feathers, the color variations along head and…

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 deer in the field, and by the end of each fall we’re able to identify…

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 the adept middle child, taking advantage of its adaptations both in the water and on…

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: Turkey Tail Fungus
The Outside Story
April 6, 2016

The Outside Story: Turkey Tail Fungus

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul

During my walks through the woods these days, I am often accompanied by curious children. These children, who are my own, notice many things that I often do not, and they are filled with questions. Who made that track? Why does…