Birding

Thousands of birds migrate to warmer climates every fall, but not every species packs up ship and leaves New England. Some overwinter in the region, despite the cold temperatures and lack of food. Hang a bird feeder filled with seeds and suet blocks in the fall for migratory birds to enjoy, then watch as winter…

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As anyone who has read Make Way for Ducklings knows, adult ducks shed their flight feathers—the long, stiff plumes from their wings and tails—in late spring and early summer, and they can’t fly for about a month as the replacements grow. While most ducks don’t spend that time begging for peanuts in Boston, they do…

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As a child, whenever I asked to play outside, the answer was almost always, “No.” I spent the first four years of my life in a neighborhood of Section 8 housing in South Texas. My mother was chiefly concerned with my safety, of course, and in her eyes, safety and playing outside were mutually exclusive….

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The East Coast region is home to 73 National Wildlife Refuges, providing habitats for hundreds of animal species: furry, feathered, and finned. Since 1903, when Theodore Roosevelt named Florida’s Pelican Island the first refuge of its kind, the NWR designation, first and foremost, has protected and restored wildlife populations and habitats. But these refuges are…

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A furry head skims the surface of the pond a few feet from the trail. Then it’s gone, just a ripple and a question remaining: Was it a beaver? A river otter? I’m eager to get another look. I’m only 100 yards into my weekend run, following the Dike Trail through Great Meadows National Wildlife…

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In 1916, the Moose Hill Bird Sanctuary was established in Sharon, Mass., after Dr. George W. Field gave his estate to Mass Audubon with the goal of attracting birds and people interested in them. Today there are 56 Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries located around the state—and spring is a great time to introduce, or reintroduce,…

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[Editor’s Note – this post was published on April 1st, so please keep this in mind as you’re reading along.] To the delight of many North Country birders, a centuries-old mystery may be on the verge of being solved. The ivory-billed snipe, or “IBS”, was first reported by Manasseh Cutler in 1785 on Mount Washington….

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Crickets are shrilling on a sultry summer evening in Delaware as my daughter and I push our kayak into White Creek. The channel bends left, then right, then left again, widening as we paddle downstream toward Indian River Bay. Fish are jumping in the twilight. Snowy egrets emerge from marshes at the water’s edge, picking…

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Just as the trees begin to flood the ground each fall with brilliantly colored leaves, submissions from across the region flood AMC’s annual photo contest. (Winners of the 2015 contest, which ran from June to September, appear here.) If a photo is worth a thousand words, the 10,000-plus photos we’ve received over the past 21…

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Just over the Massachusetts border, Nipmuck State Forest and the adjoining Bigelow Hollow State Park in Connecticut offer plenty of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking and camping to fishing and geocaching. It’s also a great place to look for wildlife, like beavers and eagles. On a recent guided hike led by Chief Ranger Bill Reid,…

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