Tag Archives: Northern Woodlands magazine

The Outside Story
May 3, 2018

Mute swans, beautiful but harmful

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul

The big white birds paddling gracefully across a Massachusetts pond last November surprised me. I’d grown up in the town I was visiting and had never seen swans there, although my friend assured me they were resident birds. The only mute…

April showers
The Outside Story
April 18, 2018

April showers

By Carolyn Lorié

In the pre-dawn hours of April 22, the Lyrid meteor shower will peak. About 15 to 20 meteors will be visible each hour, which really is not very many. By comparison, the Perseid meteor shower in August averages about 60 to 70…

The Outside Story: How are caves created?
The Outside Story
March 23, 2016

The Outside Story: How are caves created?

By Susan Shea

To enter the cave, we donned hard hats and descended a vertical drop with the aid of a rope. We crawled on our knees and bellies through a wet, narrow passageway, emerging into a large underground chamber that contained a small lake….

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…

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…

In January, owl courtship begins
Column
January 21, 2016

In January, owl courtship begins

By Carolyn Lorié

I’m an enthusiastic, if laid-back, bird watcher. One of the things I love most about spring and summer is the effortlessness with which I encounter a wide variety of birds. Sitting in my backyard, I’ll catch sight of an indigo bunting…