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Chestnut tree fungus blight on the bark of a 10-year-old chestnut tree in Ohio.

Earth Matters: American chestnut: The king is poised for a comeback

Friday, February 12, 2016

Whatever you’re doing, stop for a moment. Look out the window at the nearest patch of woods. What do you see? Perhaps a pair of squirrels racing up an oak tree? Some chickadees perched in a white pine? Maybe a stand of beeches or hemlocks? Now, consider what you don’t see — not because of your particular angle of view, …

Bird Sightings

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and Iceland, …

Valley Views: Winter Texture

Friday, February 12, 2016

Earth Talk: Artic changes have wide-ranging effects

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dear EarthTalk: Why is the Arctic such a crucial area to focus on in efforts to stem global warming?                Joseph Constabile, Dedham The image of a polar bear standing on a …

Valley Views

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Barred Owl Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Dot Barnard, North Hatfield A friend and I visited the Arcadia Sanctuary recently in search of several different birds that had been seen there by local birders in …

Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies off Nantucket

Friday, February 5, 2016

On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals. Researchers who want to get a handle on the growth of …

In Boston area, bald eagle population soars

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BOSTON — People spotting bald eagles in the skies over the Boston area aren’t hallucinating — there really are more of the majestic birds of prey setting up shop in the urban eastern areas of the state, experts …

Endangered timber rattlesnakes will be placed on Mount Zion, largest island at Quabbin Reservoir

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to …

Report: Climate change threatens NE food fish

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine — Fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food and that are important to the economy are on a list of Northeastern marine species considered most vulnerable to climate change, a federal government report released Wednesday and published by the journal PLOS ONE said. The …

Opinions vary about state’s plan to stock island at Quabbin Reservoir with endangered rattlesnakes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ORANGE — Some people who frequent the Quabbin Reservoir view with suspicion the state’s proposal to stock an island there with endangered rattlesnakes. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife proposal calls for the breeding and re-introduction of 150 …

Residents near proposed pipeline compressor advised to measure current air quality

Monday, February 1, 2016

DEERFIELD — If abutters to a proposed natural gas compressor station in Northfield are concerned about what it would do to the air they breathe, they would do well to take note of the current air quality, according …

Earth Matters: A tracker ponders the meaning of tracking

Friday, January 29, 2016

What is tracking? Trying to pin down an answer to this question is just as elusive as the animals I track. I’ll track an animal all day with the hopes of catching a glimpse, even though 99 percent …

Bird sightings

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of sightings in western Massachusetts. A greater white-fronted goose was found with other geese on the Connecticut River in Agawam. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A rough-legged hawk …