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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...


EarthTalk: TikTok environmental — Sustainability social media stars are born
05-02-2023 1:31 PM

Dear EarthTalk: How are environmental advocates using TikTok to raise awareness and gather support for their causes? — B.K., Seattle, WASocial media has become a powerful tool for environmental activists to raise awareness and advocate for change, and...


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...


Black bear captured, relocated after climbing up tree outside Northampton courthouse
05-01-2023 8:28 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — It’s springtime in Northampton again, and that can only mean one thing — the bears are back.A crowd of onlookers gathered around the Hampshire County Courthouse Sunday to catch a glimpse of a black bear that made its way up one of the...


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: Man vs. squirrel, round 2
02-17-2023 8:29 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

In last week’s column, I featured the American red squirrel and I shared a photo of one of these rascals solving the puzzle of one of my birdfeeders. “How, do I get those peanuts?” it must have wondered and in relatively short order it managed to get...


Speaking of Nature: Feeder raiders: How one particularly tenacious red squirrel cracked the code to my birdfeeder
02-07-2023 4:21 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Friends, Romans, birders, lend me your ears. I am delighted to say that I am back from a horrible experience with kidney stones. It started off, rather innocently, as a slight pain in my back that I couldn’t quite account for, but as time progressed I...


Speaking of Nature: The grand deception of the northern mockingbird
01-24-2023 4:03 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I have no idea how many photos exist in my personal collection, nor, I am afraid, will I ever know. I can say (definitively) that in the past 6 years I have taken exactly 104,308 photos, but that is where “exact” comes to a close. My records prior to...


Speaking of Nature: The yellow birch: A golden surprise in the woods
01-17-2023 3:30 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

In keeping with my New Years resolution to focus some more attention on the plants that live around us I decided to look for a list that I was convinced must exist somewhere. You see, I am a compulsive list-maker. The blood of a scientist runs through...


Speaking of Nature: A tale of two sparrows
01-10-2023 3:54 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

For the past couple weeks I have found myself grumbling during my mornings at the kitchen window.For some reason my yard has become popular with a flock of house sparrows (Passer domesticus) and I am not at all pleased. The house sparrow is an...


Earth Matters: Gay penguins, mutual aid and the myth of survival of the fittest
01-05-2023 4:59 PM

By MONYA RELLES

Have you heard about gay penguins? You may remember Ray and Silo, the gay penguins of the Central Park Zoo of 2004, proud parents of their own adopted chick. Since then, there have been dozens of gay penguins in zoos, in news articles, and even on...


Speaking of Nature: 2023 resolutions: Pointing the lens at plants
01-03-2023 4:27 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Welcome to 2023! Another calendar has been used, another red journal finished and safely tucked away on a shelf and newness has taken over. I place a brand new desk blotter calendar on my office desk, I unwrap a brand new red journal and begin to...


Back Porch Festival in Northampton set for big expansion in 2023
10-31-2022 2:11 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — The Back Porch Festival, Signature Sounds’ late-winter showcase for American roots music, is poised to return in 2023 — in a much bigger format.Incorporating elements of First Night Northampton, the Back Porch Festival will expand to...

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