IN THE FIELD: American Woodcock

Monday, Apr 10 - The woodcock begin their displays at dusk, usually right around the time it turns dark enough to not see things very well. The show is mostly auditory.

A postscript to “Letter from Maine”

Saturday, Oct 8 - Texas Republican John Culberson, who has voted to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, has said he believes that a higher power has put life on other worlds and he wants to find it on his watch.

IN THE FIELD: Revenge of the lawn

Saturday, Aug 20 - If our goal is to surround our homes with sterile patches of uniform green, in pursuit of some vision of suburban perfection, even while raising cancer risks for our children, we should probably reevaluate our priorities.

IN THE FIELD: Why birds?

Tuesday, Jun 14 - I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in birds. When I was eight, I started keeping a little journal of the birds I saw. I love how birds have an “otherness” emblematic of the natural world as a whole

IN THE FIELD: Birds close to home

Tuesday, May 24 - The combination of predictability and surprise makes a well-known route rewarding, whether one is birding or enjoying it in some other way.

Transitioning to a greener pasture: ‘LIVING THE CHANGE’ Fair

Monday, May 2 - "This fair will showcase key organizations, sustainable businesses, and empowered individuals in the Berkshires who are creating a livable future–one that is healthier, more prosperous for everyone, and more socially connected." -- Judy Eddy

FIELD NOTES: Old, reliable neighbors

Monday, May 2 - Despite a time-tested, successful design, the turtle’s armored structure is no match for today’s threats. Turtle shells do not protect against habitat loss, degradation, or fragmentation.

FIELD NOTES: ‘Tis the season for salamanders

Sunday, Mar 20 - In Massachusetts the Jefferson and blue-spotted salamanders are listed as Species of Special Concern. This group of salamanders belong to the Ambystoma genus and are commonly referred to as "mole salamanders." The genus evolved 30 million years ago (give or take).