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Judge won’t stop planned Florida bear hunt

Friday, October 2, 2015

By Gray Rohrer Orlando Sentinel (TNS) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Licensed Floridians will still be able to bag a bear in Florida later this month after a state judge Thursday refused to stop the planned hunt. “The methodology that (Florida Fish and Wildlife officials) used in coming up with a rule is rational. It bears a relationship to the constitutional mandate,” Leon Circuit Judge George Reynolds said. Attorneys for several environmental …

Joaquin batters Bahamas

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ELEUTHERA, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin unleased heavy flooding as it roared through sparsely populated islands in the eastern Bahamas on Thursday as a Category 4 storm, with forecasters warning it could grow even stronger before carving a path that would take it near the U.S. East Coast. The storm battered trees and …

Corals off South Florida hit with severe bleaching

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

By David Fleshler Sun Sentinel (TNS) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Corals are turning chalk white and dying on reefs stretching from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County, in what experts call one of the worst episodes in two decades of coral bleaching. Under stress from unusually warm water, the corals are expelling the tiny bits of algae that give them their fiery …

Bull moose wanders through Florence neighborhoods

Monday, September 21, 2015

FLORENCE — Elena Ciampa had just taken her 11-week-old puppy, Alma, outside about 7 a.m. Monday when she encountered an unexpected visitor in her neighborhood. She recalled hearing a little “yip” from Alma, looked up and saw a …

Dog stands guard for week protecting trapped friend

Monday, September 21, 2015

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. — A Washington state animal shelter says a dog dutifully stood guard for a nearly a week on Vashon Island to protect another dog that had fallen in a cistern. Tillie, a setter mix, only …

Valley Views: Underneath Queen Anne’s Lace

Friday, September 18, 2015

Underneath Queen Anne’s Lace Rail Trail, Route 10, Northampton Photograph and text by Bob Solosko, Easthampton Queen Anne’s Lace has been growing in rich profusion all along the rail trail in Easthampton and Northampton and some of the …

Earth Talk: Buildings that bring the outdoors in enhance inhabitants’ well-being

Friday, September 18, 2015

Dear Earthtalk: What is biophilic design in architecture and where can I see it implemented? — Winston Black, Newark, New Jersey Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. The moral imperative of biophilia …

Flying beauties

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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Groups push for Atlantic’s 1st national monument

Sunday, September 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Undersea ravines deeper than the Grand Canyon, submerged mountains rising thousands of feet from the ocean floor and forests of kelp and coral would become the first marine national monument in the Atlantic if conservationists …

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to air ‘specific requests’ in Washington about gas pipeline alternatives

Saturday, September 12, 2015

When state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg carries local comment on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline to Washington, D.C., he also intends to bring “some specific requests” to the federal pipeline regulators. Thursday night’s public hearing in Greenfield on the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline provided …

Valley Views: Oriole on Nest

Friday, September 11, 2015

Oriole on Nest Hank’s Meadow, Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley In mid-June I was patiently waiting for a pair of Baltimore orioles to sit still long enough for me to photograph …

Earth Matters: The Connecticut River watershed, a five-state wonder

Friday, September 11, 2015

If you’re like I was a few years ago, you may be wondering, “What is a watershed, anyway?” In fact, the word “shed” is quite descriptive of this geographic phenomenon. Much like rain cascading down one side or …

Bird sightings

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A buff-breasted sandpiper and a stilt sandpiper were seen in Longmeadow on separate days. A Connecticut warbler was found in Northampton. As many as …