Plant Identification

If a lot of acorns are knocking you on the head and crunching underfoot, it might be a boom year for nuts in your neighborhood. Trees don’t make acorns at a steady pace. Oaks, for instance, “will produce very few acorns for three, four, or five years. Then, all of a sudden, they’ll produce 100 times as many,” says Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist with…

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Untouched by humans for centuries but ravaged by deer and nearby development, an old-growth forest in suburban New Jersey was foundering until ecologists stepped in, revisiting the question of wilderness versus management. You wouldn’t guess from the patchwork of yards, golf courses, and I-95 feeder roads surrounding it, but an ancient forest stands in suburban…

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Of the hundreds of hikes I’ve taken in my life, the night hikes really stand out. Even the most familiar terrain feels and sounds different once the sun sets, especially if you plan ahead and know where to look. Kids love these nocturnal adventures, as well. Not only does night hiking mean staying up past…

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Since 1876, volunteers have been central to AMC’s mission of understanding, enjoying, and protecting the landscape and trails of the Northeast. So, when research and education staff created Mountain Watch in 2003, AMC was confident volunteers would step up. In the 13 years since its founding, Mountain Watch has benefited from the passion and commitment…

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In October, a lot of attention goes to pumpkins, whether picking them, carving them, or eating them, but there’s another fall crop, especially in Massachusetts that deserves our attention: the cranberry! There are several places and ways to learn about the little red berry, including museum exhibits, farm tours, and even wading out in a…

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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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It’s a sunny October day, and AMC staff scientist Georgia Murray is on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, gathering data for an ambitious project that charts climate change on the Appalachian Trail (AT). As hikers set out, packs full and boots not yet muddy, Murray uses the Nature’s Notebook app on…

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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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For any parent or teacher hoping to get their kids interested in gardening, here’s one piece of advice: Go straight to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s gardens and horticultural center, located on the 36-acre Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, Mass. There, alongside the historic Italianate Garden, the Garden to Table Chef’s Garden, and the Food Pantry…

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What a glorious day last Friday was and since I had to work the evening shift, I took advantage of it and got out for my first spring hike!!! I headed down to my stomping ground in Evans Notch (ME Route 113 is open!) and hiked Spruce Hill on the side of Speckled Mountain. I…

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