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Valley Views: Blue Heron

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blue Heron Manhan River, Route 10, Southampton Photograph and text by Andrew Brodeur, Southampton I created this image just before dusk on my way home from work on Route 10 in Southampton Jan. 14. I always look in the upstream direction when I cross the bridge and never expected to see this great blue heron crouched next to the only …

Earth Talk: Flame retardants can be toxic, especially for kids

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What is being done to get toxic flame retardants out of children’s furniture and other products? — Mary Sweetland, Seminole, Florida Putting flame retardants in furniture seemed like a good idea back in the 1970s to help protect against the risk of fire, but our insistence on safety has come back …

HEADING OUTDOORS: Upcoming outdoor activities in the area

Friday, January 2, 2015

∎  DCR Accessible Winter Recreation — DCR hosts accessible winter recreation for persons with disabilities, their families, and friends. Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendell State Forest, Montague Road, Wendell. Skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, more. Free. Pre-registration is required. All Out Adventures, 584-2052. ∎ On the Trail of Fisher and Porcupine — Wildlife hike Saturday, 1 to 4 …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two barnacle geese have been present the last few mornings near the sandbar off West Road in Longmeadow. A snowy owl is still being …

Author and avian song expert Don Kroodsma to speak in Amherst Jan. 12

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author and avian song expert Don Kroodsma will takes listeners to the hour before dawn when birdsong is at its best at the Hampshire Bird Club’s meeting on Jan. 12. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran …

Cynthia and Gary Phelps of Granby preserve 186 acres of Holyoke Range woodland from development

Thursday, January 8, 2015

GRANBY — The decision to sell development rights to 186 acres of wooded land behind their log-cabin house at 137 Bachelor Street was not a difficult one for Cynthia and Gary Phelps. The land, which lies along the …

Winter gets down to business across US

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Snow followed by a wave of frigid air is plodding eastward, bringing warnings well ahead of time for people to take precautions and stay warm. The storm snarled traffic across much of the country and is threatening to …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IN THE NEWS Kentucky blasts EPA carbon-pollution rule Officials with the state of Kentucky say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to rethink a carbon-pollution rule that could have the “most significant and far-reaching impact to environmental and energy policy that we have seen in 40 years.” In …

3 men see snout, free moose buried in Alaskan avalanche

Friday, January 2, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — There’s an extra moose alive in southcentral Alaska thanks to three snowmobilers who freed it from an avalanche. Marty Mobley, Rob Uphus and Avery Vucinich, residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, on Sunday went riding on the west side of Hatcher Pass about 55 miles northeast …

Bird carcasses along Pacific shore baffle biologists

Friday, January 2, 2015

The carcasses of thousands of small birds called Cassin’s auklets have been washing ashore over the last few months from Northern California up to the north coast of Washington. Scientists along the Pacific Coast have been trying to determine what is causing the large die-off of the birds …

Wildscaping: Landscaping for wildlife

Friday, January 2, 2015

Since you’re reading this column, I’m sure you care about the environment because you know we depend on it for our own survival and because you’re concerned for the well-being of other forms of life. We are all …


Friday, January 2, 2015

∎∎ Moonlight Snowshoe/Hike for Fitness — Jan. 3, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free (snowshoe rental $16). 800-859-2960. ∎∎ Moonlight Skiing — Trustees of Reservations sponsor moonlight skiing, Jan. 3 and 31, 7 to 9 p.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. $10. 684-0148. ∎∎ Moonlight …

Storm dumps snow, casts chill over West for New Year’s

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for …