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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 …

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 …

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 …

HEADING OUTDOORS

Saturday, January 4, 2014

∎   Easthampton Public Skating — Easthampton Parks and Recreation offers public family skating on Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m., at Lossone Rink, Greenwood Court (off Park Street), Easthampton. Bring your own skates - no rentals. Fee: $5 general; $3 for children 12 and under. For more …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, December 27, 2013

WINTER ICING Coolidge Bridge, Connecticut River Photograph and text by Donna Gulow of Williamsburg I travel over the Coolidge Bridge daily. Many times the trees are covered with frost from the river. Though I often want to stop …

Carbon dioxide emissions at lowest level since 1994

Friday, December 27, 2013

Dear EarthTalk: How can it be that carbon dioxide emissions are the lowest they have been in the United States in 20 years despite the fact that we have no binding federal legislation limiting them? — Jason Johnson, …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, December 27, 2013

∎  Easthampton Open Gym Basketball — Easthampton Parks and Recreation sponsors open gym basketball on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at White Brook Middle School and on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for men and 8 to 9 p.m. for women at the Pepin School. …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, December 20, 2013

MOUNDS OF SNOW College Highway, Easthampton Photograph and text by Madeline Catania of Agawam On a January day in 2012, I made it a point to get out after a fresh snowfall to see what images I could …

NIMBY: Self-interest or the canary in the coal mine?

Friday, December 20, 2013

“Not in my backyard!” That’s the supposed cry of people who raise objections to proposed projects in their neighborhoods. The expression has been used so often, it has spawned its own acronym: NIMBY. Of course, it has rarely …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, December 20, 2013

∎   Solstice Headlamp Hike — Takes place Dec. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Ages 11 and up. Free; preregistration required. For information call 800-859-2960. ∎   Easthampton Open Gym Basketball — Easthampton Parks and Recreation sponsors open gym basketball …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, December 13, 2013

SCREECH OWL Mount Tom, Holyoke Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley In addition to nesting in cavities in trees, the screech owl readily adapts to man-made nest boxes. This one was used by bird …

Earth Talk Is there a greener form of fracking?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dear EarthTalk: I hear there’s a greener form of fracking for natural gas and oil that uses carbon dioxide instead of water to access underground reserves. Is this really better for the environment? — Jason Burroughs, Erie, Pa. …

Bird Sightings

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Unusual but regular lingering species reported were green-winged teal, great blue heron, northern harrier, peregrine falcon, American kestrel, belted kingfisher, common flicker, yellow-bellied sapsucker, …