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Environment

‘Ocean safari’ shark watch on offer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean trip on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals and seabirds in their wild habitat, billing the trip as the first of its kind and calling it a safari. Organizers say there’s room for about 250 people on the Sept. 6 expedition. It is intended to raise funds for the nonprofit organizers — … 0

A weather eye

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Bird Sightings

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher continues to be seen down from Gate 22 at the Quabbin Reservoir. Two young Orchard orioles were found in the East Meadows of Northampton. A solitary sandpiper and eight least sandpipers were reported at Paradise Pond … 0

Lightning strikes

Friday, July 25, 2014

Caption: Lightning strike west of Hatfield storm of 8 p.m., through a west window on Elm St., 7/23/2014 Your name: Matt Levin Your phone: 247-3368 … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 25, 2014

HUMMINGBIRD River Valley Way, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bob Solosko of Easthampton I’ve been watching this hummingbird since it discovered some red flowers in a field on River Valley Way in Easthampton. It’s been visiting these flowers … 0

Increase in wildfires raises questions, concerns

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: Why are wildfires on the increase and what can be done to stop them from happening? — Sandy Heffran, Albuquerque, New Mexico There’s no question that wildfires are on the increase across the American West and … 0

Deal reached to preserve Lenox land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LENOX (AP) — A deal has been reached to preserve more than 140 acres of pristine farmland and open space in the Berkshires. Under a $700,000 agreement announced Tuesday between the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Sprague family, owners of Undermountain Farm and Stables, 83 acres of … 0

After loss of dog to coyote, Hadley couple spreads word on dangers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — Hershey loved being outdoors, especially in the large Middle Street yard and garden where she could chase critters around. But a recent foray outside her home ended in tragedy for the miniature dachshund when she was … 1

Climate scientists have a beef with beef

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you want to slow climate change, white meat may be the right meat, according to two studies that tally the environmental effect of the beef industry. Raising cattle in the U.S. requires 28 times as much land and 11 times as much irrigation water, and pumps at … 0

Shark sightings off Cape Cod boost tourism

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHATHAM — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a … 0

Rare bumblebee rebounding? Sightings creating hopeful buzz

Monday, July 21, 2014

SEATTLE — For Will Peterman, the first thrill was spotting a rare, Western bumblebee north of Seattle last summer. The second was when the calls and emails started rolling in. Once abundant throughout the Western United States, the … 0

A brief getaway: 200 pairs of panties stolen at Georgia mall

Monday, July 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall. Richmond County sheriff’s officials say a thief stole the panties from Victoria’s Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday. The Augusta Chronicle reports that security video shows … 0

Resurgence of gray seals spurs calls for hunt

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal … 0