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Speaking of Nature: Sunshine on a cloudy day: The rain isn’t preventing the pearl crescent butterfly from living its life
07-18-2023 2:12 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

With all of the news ricocheting around in our heads, I’m not sure if anyone has the RAM to allow us to remember back as far as last year, but that’s what journals are for. Why bother remembering something when you can write it down? Then all you have...


Speaking of Nature: Downy woodpecker duo: Slight differences help in identifying adult, juvenile males
07-11-2023 2:54 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Although summer has only really just begun it feels like “deep summer” has already arrived. We already have the heat and the humidity and the almost daily threats of thunderstorms, but if you go out into nature and use your eyes and ears, then it...


Speaking of Nature: The largest snake in New England: It’s the black rat snake, but don’t worry, you’ll probably never see one
07-05-2023 3:50 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Attention one and all: that special time of year has arrived. Finally, after a long, long school year, teachers are subjected to their annual, involuntary, two-month unpaid furlough. I have already managed to catch up on some desperately needed sleep...


Speaking of Nature: Answering the bullfrog’s call
06-27-2023 2:58 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I live on one of those quiet country roads that feels like it’s off in the middle of nowhere. To the east of my house there is a stop sign at a 4-way intersection of similarly quiet country roads, one of which is a dead end. To the west there is...


Speaking of Nature: Mood-boosting flowers: Pausing for a particularly pretty pair: maiden and Deptford pinks
06-20-2023 2:56 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

For me, the light is now at the end of the tunnel. The school year is about to conclude and I find myself utterly and thoroughly exhausted. I am now running on fumes; almost completely spent. I am looking forward to my mandatory unpaid furlough and...


Speaking of Nature: Thank heaven for little birds
06-13-2023 3:57 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I don’t know if this has been a problem for you, but for most of this spring I have been having trouble getting the “feel” of things. The weather has been very odd and I can’t seem to tell if we are stuck in a perpetual cycle of early April, or if we...


Speaking of Nature: A “No Mow May” miracle: Analyzing a mystery plant
06-06-2023 4:02 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

For the past couple of years there has been a big push for property owners to observe something called a “No Mow May.” The general idea (first popularized in the United Kingdom) is to postpone mowing until the end of May in order to allow flowers to...


Speaking of Nature: Completing the set: the black-and-white warbler
05-30-2023 3:46 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Happy Memorial Day everybody! I hope today finds you happy and healthy at home with a little extra time on your hands to sit and contemplate life. So many people have given so much so that we might enjoy the comforts of life in a stable country and we...


Speaking of Nature: More elusive than Cinderella: Finding the rare and gorgeous yellow lady’s slipper
05-23-2023 2:41 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend and I was visiting my parents to celebrate the big day. I had arrived on Friday afternoon, gone out for a wonderful dinner and returned to the old homestead where, for some reason, we all decided to stay up...


Speaking of Nature: The green-tailed towhee: What are you doing here?
05-16-2023 2:46 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

To celebrate our anniversary, my beautiful wife Susan and I decided to spend the first weekend of May in Newport, Rhode Island. This is where we were staying when I proposed to her and every now and then we like to head back to the scene of the crime...


Speaking of Nature: Parenthood and the midnight raiders — Raccoon breeding season
05-09-2023 3:44 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Three or four times last week I noticed an enormous raccoon on my deck in the moments just before dawn. This was clearly a raccoon that was scrounging for any scraps left over from the meal that I had set out for the birds the evening before and I...


Speaking of Nature: Hidden gem — The trout lily
05-02-2023 1:29 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was the Friday of my spring break week and the weather had finally improved. The previous weekend had been beautiful with record-setting high temperatures, but I had been fortunate enough to pick up a case of strep throat from one of my students...


Speaking of Nature: Eight-minute appearance — A male evening grosbeak 
04-25-2023 12:12 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I am sure that some of you may have looked at today’s photo and thought, “That’s not a plant.” I know that I had made a New Year’s resolution to focus more attention on plants this year, but Nature herself threw me a curveball when this gorgeous male...


Speaking of Nature: A spa day for the hens
04-18-2023 5:21 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was Wednesday afternoon of last week and I had just returned home from a long day at work. I spent most of the drive home pondering the topic of this week’s column and reflecting on just how tired and worn out I felt. By the time I pulled down my...


Speaking of Nature: Amphibians in April
04-11-2023 9:22 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

My office is located in a loft above the main room of my house. The ceiling is basically the same shape as the roof and if I reach up from my chair I can touch the wood that separates me from the outside. As I sit here in the early morning hours,...


Speaking of Nature: Dead and broken trees a boon to birds
04-06-2023 8:18 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

As the days continue to lengthen and the birds outside start ramping up their activities for the breeding season it is time for some of our resident species to start house hunting. A large number of the species that we see at our wintertime feeders...


Speaking of Nature: The first day of spring
03-28-2023 10:21 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

One thing that I must remember to be mindful of is that my readers live in different places. Some weather events can be quite localized and others express themselves in different ways depending on latitude and elevation. Thus, what happens in...


Speaking of Nature: The biggest rabbit I’ve ever seen
03-14-2023 12:59 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

So far, this winter has been remarkably average. Some areas might be a little low on snowfall levels, but the temperature has been about average for most days. I’d say it has been a cloudy, gray winter, but nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to...


Speaking of Nature: Conflict — The fight for survival
03-07-2023 10:12 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

We’ve reached that point in the school year when my biology students have learned about Gregor Mendel, his experiments with pea plants and the general concepts of genes and heredity. We’ve also taken a look at the structures and basic functions of DNA...


Speaking of Nature: The black cherry — An easy tree to identify in winter
02-21-2023 3:57 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

As the days begin to lengthen, I find myself wistfully looking out the window of my car and watching the forests go by as I drive to work. The prolonged period of warmer-than-average weather that we have experienced this winter has also left the...

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