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Heading Outdoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

∎   Fall Landscape Photography Field Trip — Workshop, field trip and critique with photographers Andrea York and Michael Zide in Amherst, Oct. 25, 8 to 11 a.m. RSVP zide@comcast.net. ∎   Holyoke VNA 5K Run/Walk for Hospice Life Care — 5K run/walk at Ashley Reservoir, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. Registration starting 8 a.m. Awards ceremony and festivities follow at Holyoke Elks. $25 general; $10 ages 12 and under. holyokevna.org …

Watching northern harriers in flight

Friday, October 24, 2014

Every October they arrive, with the oranges and crimsons of the sugar maples beginning to fade and the low-bush blueberry leaves flushing scarlet. The greens of summer are mostly gone, replaced by the reds, purples and browns of autumn. One morning I‘ll look out and there they’ll be: one or two northern harriers, …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

QUABBIN MIST Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Early morning fog or mist is something I enjoy photographing. The only problem being getting up and out in time. I was later than I wanted to be on this trip to Quabbin Reservoir in September. It was …

Stewardship by Hadley family preserves 160 acres on Mount Warner

Friday, October 10, 2014

HADLEY — Carolyn Hayes has fond memories of visiting her family’s dairy farm on Mount Warner in North Hadley as a child in the 1940s. She rolled down hills, visited the cows and played in a stream on …

Mount Warner Reservation grand opening details

Friday, October 10, 2014

WHAT: The Trustees of Reservations, a statewide land conservation group, will celebrate the opening of the Mount Warner Reservation Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m. Located on Mount Warner Road in North Hadley, the event will feature a guided hike along a new two-mile trial loop called Salamander Trail. …

Bird Sightings

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A Say’s phoebe was seen and heard calling along Route 2A in downtown Greenfield. Three white-rumped sandpipers and three greater yellowlegs were found on …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 10, 2014

SUMMER SUNSET Barton’s Cove, Turners Falls Photograph and text by Dot Barnard of North Hatfield Last summer has afforded us some spectacular sunset views. When a friend and I traveled to Barton’s Cove in July hoping to photograph …

The giant elves of fall

Friday, October 10, 2014

The mushroom is the elf of plants, At evening it is not; At morning in a truffled hut It stops upon a spot . . . ’T is vegetation’s juggler, The germ of alibi; Doth like a bubble …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, October 10, 2014

∎■ Senior Cycling on the Norwottuck Rail Trail — All Out Adventures holds cycling program on the Norwottuck Rail Trail, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bikes and helmets provided. Fee: $5. Preregistration required; call 584-2052. ■ Skinner State Park — Department of Conservation and Recreation sponsors …

Two agencies intervene in request by Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to increase winter storage capacity

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Two local agencies are intervening in a proposal to temporarily allow the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to boost output by pumping and releasing more river water at its mountaintop reservoir. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Connecticut River Watershed Council have filed a joint intervention in …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves streamlined review of proposed gas pipeline

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a request by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to use an expedited “pre-filing” process for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. That prompted an immediate letter from U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, expressing his “extreme disappointment” in the decision and the …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 3, 2014

YELLOW LEAVES AND REFLECTIONS Mill River Recreation Area, North Amherst Photograph and text by Julius Lester of Belchertown In this part of the world, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins when nature is making its transition from …

Reducing threats to air quality

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the more dangerous threats to our air quality and what can be done to eliminate them so we can all breathe more easily? — Melanie Smith, Pomfret, Connecticut The main threats to …