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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

Emerald ash borer spreading faster than expected in Berkshire County

Monday, March 17, 2014

DALTON (AP) — State environmental officials say the invasive, tree-killing emerald ash borer is spreading faster than anticipated within Berkshire County and now poses a greater threat to eastern Massachusetts. Nearly 18 months after the Department of Conservation and Recreation first detected it in Dalton, the metallic green … 0

Fight to save Southeast hemlocks takes new tack

Sunday, March 16, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — A beetle the size of a single grain of rice is the latest best hope for hemlocks in the Southeast that have been felled by the millions by an invasive bug. The beetle eats only … 0

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust asks governor to block natural gas pipeline on state land

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is asking Gov. Deval Patrick to ensure that the path of a planned natural gas pipeline is kept off all state-owned and state-protected conservation land. “Land protected for long-term public health and conservation purposes must not be sacrificed for short-term private financial gain,” … 0

Mount Grace Land Trust joins effort to establish first open-to-all green cemetery in Massachusetts

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The “grace” in Mount Grace Land Trust’s name may be taking on new meaning, as the conservation organization has joined in a new Green Cemetery Initiative. Working with the Green Burial Committee of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, March 14, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Migrant birds reported on the Connecticut River included northern pintails, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common goldeneyes, hooded mergansers and common mergansers. Early arriving land birds included bald … 0

Calculus of the seasons

Friday, March 14, 2014

Next Thursday, March 20, is the day known in the northern hemisphere as the vernal equinox, when day and night are approximately equal in length. According to our calendars, this is the day spring begins. (In the southern … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

■ Tennis for Seniors — Takes place Fridays from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Bay Road Tennis Club, Hampshire College, West St. (Route 116), Amherst. All abilities welcome. Call 559-5785 to sign up. ■ Bartholomew’s Cobble Hot Chocolate Saturdays — Day of winter programs and snowshoe hikes takes place March 15 … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, March 14, 2014

SNOW BUNTING Honey Pot area, off Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I had my “ahh” moment” of the day when I saw the result of this image capture. While the … 0

Activists ask Pelham Conservation Commission to back ban on ‘fracking’

Thursday, March 13, 2014

PELHAM — Several residents have taken the first step toward making Pelham among the first communities in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing — the practice of drilling underground for natural gas or oil, commonly known as “fracking.” … 2

People’s Pint brews ‘Shortnose Stout’ to help fight extinction of prehistoric fish in Connecticut River

Thursday, March 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local environmentalists are trying to raise awareness about the endangered shortnose sturgeon one pint glass at a time. On Sunday, the People’s Pint will debut its “Shortnose Stout,” with the hope that the new Irish-style beer … 0