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Environment

KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

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

Researchers try to save hellbender, largest US salamander

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CORYDON, Ind. — With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America’s largest salamander wouldn’t top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender’s alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering … 0

Yarnell Hill fire: A year of agonized, unanswered questions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

YARNELL, Ariz. — Wildland fire chief Darrell Willis tore along the highway and turned on his truck’s headlights to cut the smoke. Ash and embers rained down around him. Over the past two days, in June 2013, a … 0

Undersea mission in Florida Keys concludes

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MIAMI — Outside the view port of the underwater habitat Aquarius, during the Fabien Cousteau-led Mission 31, a Goliath Grouper nicknamed Sylvia attacked a barracuda while a reef shark and aquanauts watched in delight. “Oh, did you see that?” one of the aquanauts said with the excitement of … 0

Rescuers save large sea turtle off Cape Cod

Monday, July 7, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Animal rescuers say they have disentangled a large leatherback sea turtle that was trapped in fishing gear off of Cape Cod. Fishermen spotted the turtle off the Sandy Neck section of Barnstable on Sunday. The fishermen reported the sighting to the U.S. Coast Guard who … 0

Shark bite exposes uneasy coexistence between fishermen, beachgoers

Monday, July 7, 2014

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.— The weekend biting of a long-distance swimmer by a great white shark exposed an uneasy coexistence between fishermen and beachgoers at Manhattan Beach Pier. The swimmer, Steve Robles, a 50-year-old real estate professional, is expected to recover from the bite he suffered Saturday. The shark … 0

Senate majority may hinge on grouse known for mating dance

Monday, July 7, 2014

DENVER — An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November. The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, July 4, 2014

Items for Heading Outdoors may be emailed to calendar@gazettenet.com, faxed to 585-5299, or mailed to the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St., Northampton, Ma. 01060. ∎∎ Accessible Kayaking — Stavros Outdoor Access holds adaptive kayaking program for people with disabilities, their families and friends on July 7, 14 … 0

Slim pickings

Friday, July 4, 2014

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Old Field Farm: Moving toward sustainability

Friday, July 4, 2014

Two years ago, we moved into our new home: a renovated early-19th-century house on nine acres in Leverett, which we’ve named Old Field Farm. This event marked a new level in our ability to live according to our … 0

Agency wants Vermont Yankee to monitor warming of Connecticut River with water samples

Friday, July 4, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources wants the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to monitor how much it warms the Connecticut River with actual sampling rather than through estimates and calculations. The agency on Thursday released its long-awaited draft permit for the nuclear plant governing … 0