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Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

SNOW BUNTING Honey Pot area, off Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I had my “ahh” moment” of the day when I saw the result of this image capture. While the other birds were racing around grabbing leftover kernels of corn from last year’s cornfield , this little snow bunting appeared to be shyly posing for the camera. Taking advantage of his brief pause, I quickly pointed my digital DSLR camera with telephoto lens out of my parked car window and clicked. Anne Ely is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. Other images … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, March 14, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Migrant birds reported on the Connecticut River included northern pintails, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common goldeneyes, hooded mergansers and common mergansers. Early arriving land birds included bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks, peregrine falcons, merlins, American kestrels, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, ruby-crowned kinglets, brown creepers, eastern … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

■ Tennis for Seniors — Takes place Fridays from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Bay Road Tennis Club, Hampshire College, West St. (Route 116), Amherst. All abilities welcome. Call 559-5785 to sign up. ■ Bartholomew’s Cobble Hot Chocolate Saturdays — Day of winter programs and snowshoe hikes takes place March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield. For more information call 229-8600 or … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, February 21, 2014

MOUSE Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Recently I was at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, trying to capture some images of the never-still chickadees, when a movement on the … 0

Does this year’s cold winter call global warming into question?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: Does the fact that we’ve had such a cold and snowy winter mean that global warming might not be such a big problem after all? — Lacey L., Lynchburg, Va. It’s tempting to think that the … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. In the last two weeks, flocks of snow buntings have lingered in the region on their way north. Other hints of spring are a … 0

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Carol Wasserloos, Hatfield, “Heading for Home”, Quabbin Park, near the Enfield Overlook, Ware, MA, February 9, 2014 We came upon this opossum as he, like the rest of us, was taking advantage of a plowed surface to move about on a sunny day. Quite soon, however, he climbed … 0

Round robins

Friday, February 21, 2014

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Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, February 14, 2014

DEERFIELD BARN Mill Village Road, Deerfield Photograph and text by Bob Solosko of Easthampton I’ve driven past this fence and barn on Mill Village Road in Deerfield many times without noticing their wonderful charm and detail. The winter … 0

Winter resident

Friday, February 14, 2014

Jack Palmer of Amherst sent in this photo of a Carolina wren that he said is one of two wrens spending the winter in his backyard on January Hills Road. Palmer said he set up a feeding station … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Deep snow and a deep freeze have put a hold on any early northward migration, but glimmers of spring were still found. Northern pintails, a wood duck, ring-necked ducks and buffleheads have joined the … 0

Native bees: The “other” pollinators we depend on

Friday, February 14, 2014

In the last few years we’ve been hearing a lot about the loss of honeybees and their hives. A looming pollination crisis is stretching across the globe. If honeybees disappear, we’ll face an historic calamity threatening many of … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, February 14, 2014

∎   Tennis for Seniors — Takes place Fridays, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Bay Road Tennis Club, Hampshire College, West Street. (Route 116), Amherst. All abilities welcome. Call 559-5785 to sign up. ∎   Winter Animal Tracking Workshop — Earthwork Programs sponsors tracking program in Conway on … 0