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PHOTO BY REBECCA REID

Close-up of dodder on shoreline plants at Lake Warner in Hadley. An example of a "right-handed" twining of the dodder around the host plant can be seen in the lower left of the picture.

earth matters An encounter with a doddering old friend

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A river, where not constrained by cliffs, tends to wander. Small irregularities in a bank eroded by river water are the beginnings of meanders in the river. Loops cut off from the river become oxbow lakes, and as these lakes fill in they become oxbow marshes. I also wander, and the oxbow lakes and marshes of the Connecticut River, rich …

‘Disruption’ documentary about climate change will be screened Tuesday; more than 1,000 people from Valley expected at People’s Climate March

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A documentary that traces the history of climate change and profiles the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday will be shown in Northampton Tuesday night. “Disruption” is being screened at 7 p.m. at Stoddard Hall auditorium on Elm Street across from the Art Museum on the Smith College campus. The film is being presented by the Smith College …

Connecticut River Watershed Council raises concerns about water discharge permit for Vermont Yankee

Saturday, September 13, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources is scheduled to issue a new water discharge permit later this month for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, even though the plant will be a few months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which had fought in the courts for years to protect migrating fish and other …

Debris a threat to oceans, wildlife and coral reefs

Friday, August 8, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: Recent news coverage of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 reminded us all again of how much debris, including plastic, is in our oceans. To what extent is this a real problem that threatens ocean …

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An immature little blue heron was found at Szot Park in Chicopee, then at the Springfield Plaza in a pond next to the theater …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 8, 2014

THREE’S A CROWD Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “She’s mine. Get your own girl.” That’s what this male wood duck appears to be saying to an interested bachelor. I caught the action …

Cyclists visit Valley raising awareness about climate change

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dressed in bright orange T-shirts and black cycling shorts and carried miles by their bicycles, six members of the Climate Summer team have been riding around Massachusetts over the past seven weeks, including a vigil Wednesday night and …

The Regulators: MassDEP enforcement notes, violations, fees, orders

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

THE REGULATORS The following are the most recent available state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders and penalty assessments in western Massachusetts. ■ WATER SUPPLY VIOLATIONS AMENDED CONSENT ORDER, JUNE 12, CHESTERFIELD: Entered into an amendment to an …

Contact information for Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center and Earthwork Programs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Earthwork Programs all continue summer camps that have open slots for August. Here is contact information to learn more about these organizations and what they offer. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary 127 Combs Road, Easthampton massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia 413-584-3009 Hitchcock Center for …

Tests show higher-than-acceptable noise from Hoosac Wind turbines

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MONROE — Acoustic testing of the Hoosac Wind turbines in Monroe and Florida show that noise levels have exceeded the maximum decibel range permissible for the 19-turbine New England Wind facility. Wind turbines in Massachusetts are not allowed to exceed the ambient noise level of their surroundings by …

SLIDESHOW: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center, Earthwork Programs connect children and environment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On a hot summer day in mid-July, Rainier Jewett, 8, of Florence rose up from the underbrush in the woods of Conway covered in mud and forest debris and sporting a broad, sly smile. Then several more young …

Agencies team up for first ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will pool their efforts Wednesday to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing …

Sunderland residents replace lost maple trees

Monday, August 4, 2014

SUNDERLAND — For years, Sunderland resident Craig Felton has watched as the regal maple trees that line South Main Street have been battered by storms, succumbed to disease, or met their end, one by one, with a chain …