Naturalist/Nature Watching

You probably know squirrels bury nuts to eat another day. But did you realize other animals store food to help them through lean times? “It blows people away how many animals cache food,” says Kent McFarland, a conservation biologist and cofounder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. “It’s another strategy to make it through the…

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I was in fifth grade when I first learned about climate change: typical pictures of polar bears huddling, icebergs melting, habitats deteriorating. I was pretty upset by the whole thing, and I didn’t understand why no one else in my class was fazed. To me, it seemed like not only a scientific issue but a…

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Aesthetic, functional, or just plain fun, bridges give hikers better access to beautiful places, with an extra dose of history thrown in. And the bridge views? Those aren’t so bad, either. From footbridges to cantilevered trellises, abandoned infrastructures to geologic wonders, here are some of our favorite bridge hikes in the Northeast. 1. CUTTS ISLAND…

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Good news, leaf peepers of New England: 2018 could be a banner year for foliage hikes. According to the University of New Hampshire, historical trends show that tree leaves are especially colorful in years when the spring has been mild and wet, the summer has been rainy, and the early fall has been warm and…

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Whether you’re in your own backyard or in the backcountry, encountering an injured bird is enough to stop an outdoor lover in her tracks. But what’s the proper course of action to take—if any? We checked in with an expert on how to proceed. 1. DETERMINE IF IT’S A WINDOW-STRIKE  “The first thing you need…

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I wake up before sunrise because I’m so excited. Looking out the window, the line of trees and the hills beyond are still shrouded in Payne’s Gray, Pewter, Burnt Umber, and Prussian Blue. The sky is lit with the palest Cerulean. It’s not yet 6 a.m., and I’m already mixing colors in my head. Up…

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As a teenager, I struggled with alcohol addiction. I was able to find my healing by going back to what my Nipmuc ancestors called the Original Instructions. These are the teachings that instill our sacred place in the world: the renewal and remembering of our intimate relationship to all the life forces in the universe….

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The next time you visit the White Mountain National Forest, you may notice more phones than usual in the woods. No, cell service in the White Mountains didn’t magically improve. Any possible influx of photo-snapping and trail-texting is likely due to the iNaturalist app, newly integrated into AMC’s Mountain Watch program. Mountain Watch began in…

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Update: A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service on May 24, 2018, challenging a December 2017 memo that reinterpreted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This year marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). One of the nation’s oldest and most impactful…

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National forests are like the multitool of the public land system, open to a wide, if carefully monitored, array of uses: hiking, fishing, timber harvesting, and conservation among them. And then there’s forest bathing—the new trend of immersing yourself in nature as a remedy for the stress and anxiety of everyday life. Whether you dip…

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