Nature Notes

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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Snowshoe Hare Snow makes me happy.  Snow allows us to see where the animals have been and where they are going over long distances.  I love to wander around on skis or snowshoes in search of animal tracks. The snow and the animal tracks are plentiful in Pinkham Notch right now.  Join an AMC Guide…

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I set up a field camera on Square Ledge in Pinkham Notch to capture daily images of the foliage change on Mount Washington, from September 10–October 9. The following time lapse video is a compilation of the photos. We use the cameras mainly for AMC’s Mountain Watch program, our citizen-science program, which encourages hikers to…

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Night sky and the Andromeda Galaxy (bottom middle of image) The Earth-Moon system is unique – if we had grown up living on a different planet in the solar system, say, Mars, as astronomers we’d be amazed by the Earth and Moon as a ‘double planet’ circling the Sun. Compared to any other body in…

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The colors of autumn are just getting started here in Pinkham Notch. Cool nights and beautiful days are really bringing out the color – enjoy this sampling of photos taken today! Colors are popping in the shadow of Mt. Washington, as seen from Lila’s Ledge. Rainbow after yesterday’s rain (taken 9/18/14). Bush Honeysuckle in our…

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During the month of June I’m in the Alpine Garden, on Mount Washington, at least once a week.  I always hope to visit at this time of year but the summer always seems to slip away.  A visit last week had me in awe over the beautiful late summer flowers.  The contrast of the alpine…

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A fairly common sight in early spring, the Spotted Salamander is a member of the family Ambystomatidae, the mole salamanders. Warm, rainy spring nights bring them out of their forest burrows in search of vernal pools to mate, usually in late March – April.Spotted Salamanders are nocturnal and spend most days under leaves, rotting wood,…

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The “Big Three” spotted in full bloom throughout the Alpine Garden!  Spring has officially sprung among the alpine flora of the White Mountains. Diapensia (Diapensia lapponica), Alpine azalea (Loiseleuria procumbens) and Lapland rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum) are among the first to bloom above tree line and often do so simultaneously. The tightly matted Diapensia releases delicate…

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We are approaching alpine flower season, one of my favorite times of the year. We have a few openings on our upcoming Alpine Flower Tours.  Join us, it’s a spectacular sight! Alpine Garden: A  Mountain in Bloom June  8, 15 and 22. Plus we have a new series exploring the Alpine Garden into the fall…

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Can you identify these four active winter mammals?  A wildlife biologist is working with NH Fish and Game and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s hut caretakers to do an animal tracking survey in the White Mountain National Forest.  Originally set up in hopes of finding a Canada lynx, Felis canadensis, these trail cameras have yielded photos…

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