AMC Field Guide Series

If you’re hiking in late March or early April and you hear an odd quacking in the woods, like a group of hiccupping ducks, you’re probably close to a vernal pool. The sound is the courtship call of male wood frogs, which gather to reproduce in this ephemeral but vital habitat each spring. Vernal pools…

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In winter, we often notice the signs of animals that are active on the snow’s surface, such as tracks left behind by a deer or fox. But another set of animals is active right beneath the snow, in the pockets of air between the snowpack and the ground. Small rodents like mice, moles, voles, and…

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Join AMC Research Assistant Mac Griffin on a nature walk to explore the flora near AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. Learn more about White Mountains flora and fauna in AMC’s Nature Guide to the Northern Forest, and the AMC Field Guide to New England Alpine Summits. View other videos in this…

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Identifying bird songs can be both beguiling and bewildering. Hundreds of species breed in the Northeast, so how can a listener possibly differentiate between their many songs? It takes practice and a good ear, but almost anyone can learn to distinguish the vocalizations of our common songsters. And with this ability comes an enhanced enjoyment…

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  Join AMC staff ecologist Doug Weihrauch on a tour of the flowers, fungi, and trees on Three Mile Island, site of AMC’s volunteer-managed camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Learn more about Three Mile Island Camp View other videos in this series: Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

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I had the biggest wildlife encounter of my life last winter on the cross-country ski trails of Anchorage, Alaska. I skied by a moose calmly browsing in the willows near the trail. As I passed behind, it suddenly whirled without warning. Within a ski stride, the moose advanced almost close enough to stomp me with…

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