Nature Notes

Those who visit the northern Appalachian Trail’s upper elevations can be greeted by spring blooms of white, pink, and purple flowers. To a hiker this is a bonus and maybe even a photo opportunity, but to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) research staff their blooming time is of great interest. AMC has tracked flowering times…

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For many years the Appalachian Mountain Club has been offering Family Adventure Camps. More recently our family offerings have morphed and grown into Family Adventure Weekends, Family Adventure Hut-to-Hut, Family Adventure Rock Hike and Rapids, and also our extremely popular Wee Wanderers for families with younger children. Our classic, 5 night, 5 day Family Adventure Camp…

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New Hampshire bee counters will take to the White Mountain National Forest in mass for the first full-scale Bee BioBlitz organized by the University of New Hampshire. The event takes place June 27 and June 28, 2015, and is open to the public and is starting at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. The UNH…

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                  On June 11,  six of the AMC’s Outdoor Guides and I hiked through the Alpine Garden on Mount Washington, in search of the spring alpine bloom. It was a beautiful, but very windy day. Diapensia (Diapensia lapponica), Alpine azalea (Loiseleuria procumbens) and Lapland rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum)…

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Snails can be found in the forest, ponds and the ocean. They belong to a group of animals with a soft body called molluscs (mollusks) which are related to oysters, clams, and other shellfish. Characteristically they have soft, unsegmented bodies. Their soft bodies are protected by a hard shell. Snails are gastropods, which in latin…

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The Red-winged Blackbirds have arrived in Pinkham Notch, NH – a sure sign that spring has sprung. The males arrive first and stake out their territory by singing, “conk-la-reeee, conk-la-reeee.” Their hopeful song warms my heart even if the thermometer doesn’t agree. Join us at AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge for a weekend of Birding By Ear, May 15-17.

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Bulging Bud – Lengthening daylight and increased radiation from the sun are triggering trees and shrubs to send the last of their energy reserves to the buds in anticipation for the coming spring and melting snowpack.

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Mink

February 19, 2015

One of our guests suspected an otter had been in the Cutler River, just about the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, after seeing some tracks and slides into the river.  One of our Winter Guides went to check it out and upon further inspection they were ID’d as mink tracks and slides.  This morning one of…

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Bird nests are much easier to spot in the winter but can also be partially destroyed by the weather. Typically bird nests are only used once for breeding and protecting of eggs. Nests require a lot of time and energy to construct. Identifying nests can be a challenge since neither bird nor eggs are present….

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Resident Tom

January 14, 2015

This male turkey has taken up residence here at  the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.  He walks down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail each morning and spends the day around our bird feeders.  At the end of the day he walks back up the Tucks Trail to his roost- in a tree somewhere off the trail….

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