Nature Notes

MOOSE: There have been numerous moose sightings at and around the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center over the past few weeks. A mother moose and her yearling have been seen not only in our parking lot but across Rt. 16 in a beaver pond. The other night the pair was spotted outside in the courtyard between…

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Fall or Winter?

October 8, 2009

Mt Jacskon with the Josiah Bartlett 8th grade. Photo: Nancy Ritger On a recent trip with 8th grade students from Josiah Bartlett School we encountered a mix of seasons. Ice feathers coated the vegetation on Mt Jackson yet down in the valleys the sun revealed a splash of color at lower elevations. Photo: Nancy Ritger;…

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Get Here Now!

September 29, 2009

The foliage is beautiful here in Pinkham Notch, come and enjoy before it falls away!Photos taken from Boott Spur Trail by Rich Hall AMC Lodge Crew 9/25/ 09

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The Colors We See

September 28, 2009

September 28, 2009 Photo taken from Square Ledge in Pinkham NotchPhoto: Nancy Ritger After a stretch of perfect fall weather with cool nights and warm sunny days we see a full palate of fall colors across the landscape. The reds, oranges and yellows get me thinking that the seasons are changing once again and I…

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Woolly Forecaster

September 22, 2009

On a recent walk I noticed a woolly bear caterpillar (Acrea sp.) crossing the trail. These stout, hairy caterpillars (black on both ends, reddish-brown in the middle) are commonly seen on sunny autumn days and always seem to be in a hurry. The woolly bear, unlike many caterpillars, feeds on a wide variety of plants…

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As leaves start the show of shifting colors there are other subtle changes going on as plants prepare for dormancy. The purple hues of Hobblebush – Virburnam alnifolium are an early example of autumn. Pigments called anthocyanins are building up in the leaves. Anthocyanins are responsible for the shades reds, pinks and purples in the…

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Migration is the periodic movement of an animal from one region to another. Animals migrate to mate, escape extreme temperatures of different climates, and to find resources that become scarce at different times of the year Did you know that even insects migrate! Many insects migrate south from New Hampshire in winter, including several species…

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As the days grow shorter and winter’s chill creeps over the horizon, the natural landscape undergoes some dramatic and often beautiful changes. For us humans, Fall represents the harvest and our gladness in these gifts. I have many fond memories of apple picking and enjoying my ambrosial treat under a Maple, unaware of the changes…

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Sound asleep at the base of Tuckerman’s Ravine at one of the Hermit Lake Shelters, a camper awoke to a high-pitched sound. The camper mistook the sound for the chirping of a chipmunk as she scanned the trees for the sound’s source. Perched proudly in the upper branches of a tree, the camper spotted a…

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Tools of the Trade: Gear for the Aspiring Naturalist Besides the essential gear that all safe hikers carry, I am often asked, what gear is worth carrying for those interested in natural history and wildlife observation. The truth is with just a few simple items added to your pack even the novice naturalist is well…

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