Nature Notes

While staying at Joe Dodge Lodge, I explored the woods beside the beaver pond across the road. Deep snow earlier that week revealed recent animal activity— red squirrel middens, snowshoe hare scat, and wind-blown otter tracks along shore. I set up 2 wildlife cameras to see what might venture by overnight.   In the morning I set…

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A picture is worth a thousand words…and so much more! In fact, every little pixel has a story to tell and AMC’s Research Department is now using a tool developed by the PhenoCam group to extract information on red, blue, and green colors from photos.  Because the ratio of these colors change seasonally we will…

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Summer is in full swing here in Pinkham Notch, which means long, warm days and plenty of people out and about to enjoy the trails. But if you are concerned your trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire will be full of busy crowds, no need to worry. There are many trails in the…

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A cloudy, rainy day in mid-July might not be the ideal day to hike into Tuckerman Ravine, but it’s certainly a great time to check out blooming wildflowers. This glacial cirque on the eastern side of Mount Washington is home to lots of unique and beautiful vegetation. Midway up the headwall, the violets and bluets…

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Time to celebrate the amazing alpine flowers! During the first weeks in June, the highest mountaintops in New England and New York finally begin to bloom. AMC leads several tours above treeline on the Presidential Range to see the floral display. The group shown here braved rain, sleet, and 50 mph winds to visit the Alpine…

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[Editor’s Note – this post was published on April 1st, so please keep this in mind as you’re reading along.] To the delight of many North Country birders, a centuries-old mystery may be on the verge of being solved. The ivory-billed snipe, or “IBS”, was first reported by Manasseh Cutler in 1785 on Mount Washington….

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With Spring only weeks away, red maple buds are poised to burst into flower.         If you’ve never had a chance to greet these early bloomers at eye level, prepare for a welcome blast of winter-busting color. Red maple flowers are spectacular, and they come by the bazillion.     Some trees…

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Intrepid skiers aren’t the only ones gliding through Pinkham Notch this month. As this photo shows, river otters take advantage of the slippery winter conditions to body surf through White Mountain woods and waterways.     Their thick, sleek coats and their hydrodynamic shapes make sliding the easy way to go—on mud, sand, grass, leaves,…

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It may be getting cold out, but the winter night sky is a spectacular site. If you can visit a dark site (such as one of the AMC’s huts or lodges), take advantage of this time to see the sky when the brightest stars are out. Mighty Orion is rising at sunset, with red Betelgeuse…

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A late spring frost in the White Mountains, NH resulted in swaths of autumn-like color in trees at around 2500 feet in elevation this summer. The AMC Research team monitoring tree canopy development as part of an Appalachian Trail wide ecological monitoring program (AT Seasons) also observed this unusual coloration in individual trees.  Starting in…

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