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‘Bee weeks’ in Amherst, Northampton and Greenfield raise awareness about insect population decline

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — As the number of honeybees continues to decline, efforts are underway in Amherst, Northampton and Greenfield to promote bee habitats in meadows and to encourage residents and business owners to provide flowers that attract bees. All three communities are putting together “bee weeks” this spring. They begin this week in Amherst with a series of events for children and adults. Amherst is striving to become the first “bee-friendly” …

Valley Views: Blue Heron Rookery

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue Heron Rookery Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Combs Road, Easthampton Marty Espinola, Northampton In mid-April I made my annual trek to the heron rookery on the Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. I stayed for over two hours watching the comings and goings of the herons. One couple was especially active and I …

Forums planned in Greenfield and Turners Falls on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two forums on the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. are scheduled in the coming weeks — one for the general public, the other specifically for potentially affected landowners and communities. To mark Earth Day, the Greenfield Community College Green Campus Committee will host a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the college’s dining commons. The …

Demand debated for natural gas that would be delivered by Tennessee Gas pipeline

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The public statement by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about demand “appears to be seriously overstated,” area opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week. Massachusetts Pipeline Action Network President Kathryn Eiseman, in a letter sent Wednesday to the Federal Energy …

Hilltown residents report encounters with surveyors for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hilltown residents say they remain vigilant following two incidents this month involving survey crews for the Houston-based Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, including an allegation of trespassing. Michael Paulsen of Plainfield said he and his neighbor across Windsor Road came home from work one …

The Great Cloth Diaper Change set for April 18 at Thornes

Friday, April 10, 2015

Grow, on the third floor at Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, will take place in the 5th annual Great Cloth Diaper Change April 18​ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be the western Massachusetts contribution to a worldwide effort to break the Guinness™ World Record for most …

Earth Matters: Ducking for the elusive, but fierce goose hawk

Friday, April 10, 2015

The wilds of western Massachusetts are not very dangerous. Many threats — mosquitoes and ticks, poison ivy and nettles — are relatively familiar to most people who walk the woods. Poisonous snakes are rare here, and an attack …

Valley Views: Esatern Screech Owl

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bird Sightings

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A Eurasian wigeon has been seen for several days in a flood pool on West Road in Longmeadow. A black-headed gull was found Sunday in a field along Russellville Road in Amherst. A greater …

Pan Am Railways fined for lack of timely report on 20-gallon engine oil spill

Friday, April 10, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — East Deerfield Rail Yard owner Pan Am Railways has been fined $11,937 by the state for failing to report a 20-gallon engine oil spill within two hours of learning about the incident. According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the company reported the spill …

Solarize Mass program delayed for Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland

Thursday, April 9, 2015

There will be a three-month delay for residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland who have signed up to install solar-electric panels on their homes. Negotiations fell through with the installer the chosen through the cooperative Solarize Mass photovoltaic program. “Unfortunately, it was not possible to partner with an …

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline organize letter-writing campaign

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — Residents of Deerfield opposed to the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline will hold a series of letter-writing workshops this month aimed at communicating their stories to state and federal officials. The group — composed of Cathy Bertinuson, Reenie Clancy, Corinne Dugas and Ava Gips …

How five grassland birds are faring in Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

During the past 100 years, there has been a decline in the quantity and quality of grasslands for wildlife. In general, declines of grassland birds in New England are caused by habitat loss and fragmentation, agricultural intensification, mowing …