Byline: By DAVID SPECTOR

In New England’s late summer and fall, whole hillsides of leaves famously change color; meanwhile, another plant color change occurs on a tiny...

Many of the 349 glistening species of hummingbirds have gemological labels, with amethyst, emerald, garnet, jewel, gem, ruby, sapphire and topaz...

As birdwatchers travel we keep track of birds we encounter, especially those new to us. And when we travel, we want information about finding such...

In June 1919, aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown flew in a Vickers Vimy airplane from Newfoundland to Ireland in what is often considered the...

How might  you equip yourself for an expedition to observe nature? The answers vary with where you’re going, the targeted aspects of nature, how...

A story: Many thousands of years ago a bird species nested on cliff ledges from central Asia, across north Africa, to parts of Europe. This bird...

If you sit on a city park bench you’re likely to see birds, especially house sparrows. This species, native to Europe and Asia, was first...

Earth Matters: Snowflakes with wings

1/28/19

Snowflakes flit across —Stellate whites on winter fields —Flecks of ice and birds.  Snowflakes here have an extra meaning: “Snowflake” is an old...

There is a bounty of animal life beneath our feet. Turn over a log in a forest for a glimpse at some of the hustle and bustle of soil creatures...

“Tra-la-la, tweedlee dee deeIt gives me a thrillTo wake up in the morningTo the mockin’ bird’s trill.”—George Vaughn Horton, “Mockin’ Bird Hill...

Take a toy football, coat it with glue, then roll it in dead leaves. At one end attach a narrow wooden dowel and two large black buttons. The...

An evolutionary conundrum may soon appear in your nearest stand of spruce trees. This winter, red crossbills, among the most puzzling birds in...

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