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The Outside Story

Blobs on ice: Jelly fungi add color to winter landscape By Joe Rankin They look like blobs of shiny tar, a melted lollipop, or a crayon left in the sun too long. They come in vivid colors from orange to […]

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The Outside Story: trees and ice

By Joe Rankin Ice storm. If you live in northern New England, those words can send a chill up your spine. They portend demolition derbies on the roads, power outages and the ominous cracking sound of limbs breaking and trees […]

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The Outside Story

A Christmas Tree farmer’s year in review By Patrick White Walking through a large chain store this past October – at least a week before Halloween – I stumbled upon a display of decorations. Not witches and pumpkins, but trees […]

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The Outside Story

Why don’t toads croak in winter? By Tiffany Soukup I manage a lodge in the Groton Forest on behalf of Vermont State Parks. One warm fall day, while standing outside the lodge, I noticed movement inside one of the window […]

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The Outside Story: Old Trees

By Joe Rankin There’s something in us that can’t help but be impressed by an old tree. Perhaps we’re simply in awe of something that has outlived generations of humans and will outlive us. We acknowledge this when we compare […]

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The Outside Story

“What (f)lies beneath”—avian blood-suckers By Meghan Oliver When you find a bird feather in the woods and stoop to pick it up, does your mom’s voice echo in your brain? Can you hear her say, “Birds have lice, don’t pick […]

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