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For millennia, birds have migrated lengthy distances, guided by the moon and stars. But as dark skies dwindle around the globe, scientists wonder how light pollution affects this natural phenomenon. One unlikely light source provided a unique research opportunity. For one night a year—September 11, in the midst of warblers’ and small passerines’ migration—two beams…

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Congress passed the National Trails System (NTS) Act 50 years ago this October, designating the country’s marquee footpaths, the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast and Pacific Crest Trail on the West Coast, as National Scenic Trails. The NTS also recognizes two additional categories, National Historic and National Recreation trails, and has grown to include…

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Could a trail system be the key to aiding a region’s long-term economy while immediately benefiting its people by bringing them outdoors? It’s an idea that struck Benton MacKaye, the Appalachian Trail cofounder who envisioned a corridor of locally owned businesses dotting that path. More than 100 years later, it’s still an idea with legs—or…

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The start of the fall semester in Boston, a city overflowing with universities, is known as one of two peak moving times of the year. Not to be outdone by college kids, AMC made not one but two big moves in autumn: Concurrent with the relocation of AMC’s headquarters to 10 City Square in Boston’s…

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                      Winter recreation can intimidate, and for good reason: It’s cold and icy out there! But facing those elements also makes the experience all the more rewarding, whether you’re cutting turns through fresh powder or sleeping under the stars. Make the most of the snowy…

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Cross-country skiers don’t need much to enjoy a winter day beyond some fresh snow and a few miles of trail. Throw in a shelter, a wood stove, a hot drink, and a warm bed and you have the makings of a perfect weekend. With a growing number of public and private landowners building yurts, such…

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Just as the foliage of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic reveals its more colorful side, so do the region’s orchards bear fruit of similar hues. For many, an October apple-picking trip begins with a hayride and ends with a mug of steaming mulled cider. Why not lace up your boots or hop on your bike and…

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The Northeastern landscape has inspired poets, journalists, and novelists for centuries. Their words have, in turn, awed, informed, entertained, and even terrified generations of readers. The eight hikes below are set in locations that influenced some of our greatest literary giants. Get details, grab their books, and get out there. 1. RACHEL CARSON SALT POND PRESERVE New Harbor, Maine A modest quarter-acre salt pond on the shore of…

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Peak-bagging, thru-hiking, red-lining: There’s no shortage of challenges for hikers who like to check off their accomplishments. And as the lists multiply, so does the number of hikers reporting their achievements. With three years still to go in this decade, the 2010s have already been record-setting. (Data gathered from ADK 46ers, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, AMC Four Thousand Footer Club)

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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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