Tag Archives: outside story

The Outside Story
December 15, 2017

The afterlife of logs

By Declan McCabe My three children have participated in a Four Winds Nature Institute program that recruits adult family members to lead grade-school nature learning. I have worked with several…

The dirt on moles
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July 20, 2017

The dirt on moles

By Susan Shea My dog watched intently as an area of soil in our backyard vibrated and formed a slight ridge. Suddenly he began digging, revealing a mole below ground….

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…

Starlings aren’t darling
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July 5, 2017

Starlings aren’t darling

By Joe Rankin It’s the classic story of unintended consequences. In 1890, Eugene Schieffelin released 60 starlings in New York’s Central Park with the hope of establishing a breeding population….

The nostalgia of wintergreen
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June 29, 2017

The nostalgia of wintergreen

By Kathy Bernier I give a lot of tours at my 80-acre homestead, and have found that most visitors are delighted for the opportunity to connect nature with real life….

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…

Summer skaters
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June 14, 2017

Summer skaters

By Declan McCabe Scanning a sunlit pond floor for crayfish, I was distracted by seven dark spots gliding in a tight formation. Six crisp oval shadows surrounded a faint, less…

Twilight singer: The Hermit Thrush
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May 31, 2017

Twilight singer: The Hermit Thrush

By Susan Shea If you take a walk in the woods on a summer evening, you may be treated to the ethereal, flute-like song of the hermit thrush, often the…