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International Film Festival: The Berkshire County connection

"Cold Wallet" Production Manager Lizzy Aspenlieder Aspenlieder described the Berkshire International Film Festival as “a melting pot for some of the most talented artists in the world.” “There is something for everyone at this festival,” she said. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Illuminating the Hidden Forest Chapter 11: Hummingbirds say goodbye

I do feel that I have a special relationship with hummingbirds. Sometimes during the summer, while watering the garden, they have danced in the spray from the hose, even coming almost up to the nozzle.

Orioles have returned to the Berkshires

This morning the noisy birds were right on time and there was no mistaking their presence.

IN THE FIELD: Attracting birds in warm weather

Thrushes are not particularly known for eating suet, or for coming to feeders of any kind, but it hung around for five days or so, even flying out from under the porch steps one day.

IN THE FIELD: Sandhill cranes

This is not a bird one associates with the Northeast. Sandhill cranes breed across most of Canada into Alaska, dropping down into the upper Midwest and the Mountain West.

BOB GRAY: Migration

If you've kept up with your chores, if your wood pile's high, and your flower beds gone over, put away your hoe and rake.

IN THE FIELD: The scourge of light pollution

One of the joys of living in a largely rural area is supposed to be the darkness of the sky, the sharpness of the stars on a clear winter’s night.

IN THE FIELD: Common nighthawk

Common nighthawks have one of the longest migration routes among North American birds, wintering all the way in South America.

IN THE FIELD: Migrating songbirds, calls in the dark

While we may be able to predict which species, how many, when, observing birds in the wild is still at heart about the sheer pleasure of their unpredictability.
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