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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

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, March 28, 2014

SNOW BUNTING PORTRAIT Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Either puffed up against the cold, or pleasingly plump from success in finding many kernels of corn, this content-looking snow bunting paused … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, March 28, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The variety and number of water birds in the region continues to be spectacular. Most often reported were mute swan, northern pintail, American wigeon, … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, March 28, 2014

■∎ Invasive Plant Workshop — Franklin Land Trust sponsors morning presentation and field trip on April 5, 10 a.m., Franklin Land Trust, 5 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls. Free. Preregistration required; call 625-9151 or email jmorse@franklinlandtrust.org. ■∎  Woodcock Workshop and Bonfire — Franklin Land Trust sponsors evening exploration of wildlife management … 0

Concerns raised over decommissioning of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SUNDERLAND — With the Vermont Public Service Board due to decide in a few days on terms of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant continuing to operate until year’s end, a nuclear expert expressed concern this week about an … 0

Northfield Mount Hermon sells 1,650-acre forest and water company to Trust for Public Land

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — An expansive local forest, as well as the water company that serves at least 250 residents, could end up in the hands of a national land trust. The Northfield Mount Hermon School announced March 26 the tentative sale of a 1,650-acre forest and the East Northfield … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Big Night’ at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Did you know that wood frogs can tolerate the freezing of their blood and other tissues and that they use this cryogenic capability to survive in soil and leaf litter during the winter? The frogs then depend on … 0

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation gives $445,000 to Connecticut River watershed projects

Monday, March 24, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Seven Connecticut River watershed projects are getting over $445,000 in grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. It’s the 12th round of grants awarded from the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, created as part of a 1997 settlement agreement between the parties … 0

Cooler-than-usual spring forecast across northern US

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The first day of spring? Some people in Maine were shoveling 6 inches of new snow. And in Michigan, college students couldn’t even burn a snowman. Ok, so it was a fake snowman. But it was real snow … 0

Scientists revive Antarctic moss after 1,500-year ‘deep freeze’

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In what they are calling the most extreme case of frozen plant regeneration ever documented, scientists are claiming to have regrown shoots of Antarctic moss that were trapped beneath layers of ice and frost for more than 1,500 years. In a paper published Monday in the journal Current … 0

Earthquake strongly felt across LA

Monday, March 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage. The 4.4-magnitude quake was centered 2 miles from … 0