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Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

HORNED LARK, AT REST Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley When standing still, with its coloring blending in with the cornstalks in this Honey Pot cornfield off Cemetery Road in Hadley, this horned lark was well-camouflaged. I was happy that this one decided to play statue for a couple of seconds, as most of these little guys were scurrying here and there in search of corn, making them difficult to photograph. I used a telephoto lens on my hand-held digital SLR camera to capture this image last February. Anne E. Ely is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo … 0

Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s going on with Earth Day this year and how can I get involved? — Christine B., Boston April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities. “As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

■∎ Hadley Bird Walk — Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range sponsor walk with John Green on April 19 from 7 to 10 a.m., Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the park’s main gate off of Route 47 in Hadley. Free. For more information call 253-6443. ■∎ Floodplain Forest Canoe Trip and Great … 0

Expert baffled by ferocity, distance of ‘freakish’ landslide

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SEATTLE — Richard Iverson may be one of the world’s foremost landslide experts, but if he had been driving along the Stillaguamish River March 22 when the slope across from Steelhead Drive began to crumble, he wouldn’t have fled to high ground. He would have pulled over to … 0

Total lunar eclipse next week: What is a ‘blood moon’?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mark your calendars, sky watchers: In one week a total lunar eclipse will turn the moon an eerie shade of red. On April 15, at 1:58 a.m. EDT, the moon will move into Earth’s shadow. The full lunar eclipse - when the entirety of the moon is shaded … 0

Mixed reception in Montague for representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MONTAGUE — Representatives of the company planning a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County attended their first local public meeting this week to a mixed reception. At least 80 people Monday filled the Town Hall’s upstairs meeting room and the attached hallway, with an overflow room downstairs. The … 0

TransCanada Corp. to move guardrails, reducing parking for tubing, boating near Stillwater Bridge in Deerfield

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DEERFIELD — Parking near Stillwater Bridge for people who want to go tubing, boating or fishing on the Deerfield River will be more challenging this summer. TransCanada Corp., the hydro-electric company that owns part of Deerfield River bank … 1

Navy rescues ailing baby, family from crippled boat

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SAN DIEGO — U.S. sailors rescued an American family with an ill 1-year-old from a sailboat that broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast — boarding them Sunday onto a San Diego-bound Navy ship so the … 0

Guard blasts Royal Dutch Shell for ignoring 2012 Arctic rig risks

Friday, April 4, 2014

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard investigation into the 2012 grounding of the Kulluk, an offshore drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell in the harsh Arctic, blasted the oil company for legal violations, poor management and taking undue risks, according to the final report released Thursday. The Kulluk … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, April 4, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Migrating waterfowl still hold the stage in the valley with flocks of up to thousands of Canada Geese being seen. Also being reported are … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, April 4, 2014

LAPLAND LONGSPUR Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Never having seen them before, I first thought these little birds sharing the cornfield off Cemetery Road in Hadley with horned larks and … 0

Assessing the environmental impact of ‘K-Cups’

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What is the environmental impact of those “K-Cups” everyone seems to be using nowadays to make coffee at both home and office? — Chris B., Stamford, Conn. K-Cups — those little one-serving coffee containers that allow … 0

Informational meetings planned about Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, April 4, 2014

Informational meetings are planned about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s “Northeast Expansion” project and several towns are circulating resolutions either opposing the proposed gas pipeline route or asserting that state and local regulations should apply. The Montague Select Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday with representatives … 0