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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

Valley Views

Friday, January 29, 2016

Snow Shadows East Hawley Road, Hawley Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse of Belchertown I was in Hawley Sunday on property I own enjoying the snow cover, which, while not deep, blanketed the entire ground. I leave part …

Consortium of conservation groups, land trusts opposes pipeline intervention by Irving Oil Terminals

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A consortium of conservation groups and land trusts is protesting a petition to intervene in the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The consortium also called for a formal hearing into what it says are inaccuracies in the company’s filing with the Federal …

Researchers who studied gas pipeline compressor in New York to present findings at Frontier Regional

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DEERFIELD — A team of researchers that studied the health effects of a 12,000-horsepower gas pipeline compressor in Minisink, New York, will present its findings at Frontier Regional High School from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The presentation is co-sponsored by Deerfield and Northfield. People are advised to …

Feds expand critical East Coast habitat for right whales

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The federal government is expanding its list of right whale habitat to include calving grounds off the Southeast coast and feeding grounds off New England, increasing the critical area by thousands of square nautical miles. …

Few US neighborhoods affordable with good schools

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WASHINGTON — Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. — a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market. Residents of Adams Morgan enjoy a bevy of bars, restaurants, exercise …

In NY village, trail of cancer leads to tap water

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — After his factory worker father died a painful death from kidney cancer at age 68 in 2013, Michael Hickey made it his mission to find out why so many people in his hometown along …

Ex-prosecutor to head probe into Flint water

Monday, January 25, 2016

LANSING, Mich. — A former prosecutor and a retired head of the Detroit FBI will play key roles in an investigation into Flint’s lead-tainted water as part of the effort to seek answers while also preventing conflicts of …

Plan for new hut in White Mts. spurs debate

Sunday, January 24, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. — More than five decades since a backcountry hut for hikers was last built in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, a plan to put one less than 2 miles into the woods has stirred passions among some …

Elephants heading toward extinction at the hands of poachers

Friday, January 22, 2016

Dear EarthTalk: What is being done to save elephants around the world? I understand that these magnificent creatures are teetering on the brink of extinction. — Millie Vicente, San Jose, California In just one decade between 1979 and …

Valley Views

Friday, January 22, 2016

Reflections Rail Trail, Station Road, South Amherst Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley On one of my recent walks along the rail trail off of Station Road in South Amherst, some dead vegetation in the …