Tag Archives: the outside story

Time travel in a peat bog
Column
March 29, 2017

Time travel in a peat bog

By Declan McCabe Gutter pipes full of soggy peat show up on the bench by my office each March. This means one thing: my colleague Peter Hope’s Saint Michael’s College…

All about antlers
Column
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…

Bark in winter
Column
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
Column
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
Column
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 trees of Christmas past and future
Column
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…