Climate Change, Conservation, Discoveries, Earth Science, Experience, Living and Dying, Migrations, Natural Destinations, Seasons, Uncategorized, Wildlife

Freshwater Sharks

Snorkeling in frigid waters for a species at-risk By Levi Old                                                                On a dead-still summer night, I army-crawl upstream. “We have a large adult!” says Jen. I rise to one knee and pull the fogged snorkel mask off my head. “A big one?” I mumble in a haze. “Yeah, really big. Much larger than I’ve… Continue reading Freshwater Sharks

Earth Science, Entomology, Migrations

The Nuclear Option for Dragonflies

By Bryan Pfeiffer On a crisp, sunny day in September, after what was probably a typical summer for a dragonfly (which involves flying around, killing things and having sex beside a pond), a Common Green Darner took off and began to migrate south. As it cruised past the summit of Vermont’s Mt. Philo, with Lake Champlain below… Continue reading The Nuclear Option for Dragonflies

Earth Science, Seasons

A “Solst-Ice” Report: The Season’s First “Big Chill”

By Matt Pierle In the aftermath of a backwoods Solstice party in Lamoille County we awoke to a small mountain of dishes and no electricity. The longest night of the year had wrapped us in an icy bear hug. Cold rain followed by dropping temps had frozen everything stiff.  Tree trunks, branches, rocks – anything not… Continue reading A “Solst-Ice” Report: The Season’s First “Big Chill”

Earth Science

Reflections

My third-floor office is a commanding venue for a nap.  Reclined in a worn swivel chair with my unsheathed feet stacked on the heat grates, I slip into my best unproductive hours.  When my eyes deign to open, the scenery is ripe for a Chamber of Commerce brochure.  The golden chapel domes and brown brick… Continue reading Reflections

Earth Science

Rock: The Best Thing about Vermont

by Becky Cushing I’m not a geologist, but recently I learned a thing or two about Vermont bedrock that bumps it above maple syrup or cheese on Vermont’s “Best of” List. By nature, I ask a lot of questions: What trees are those? How deep is this soil? What bird lives in that nest? Turns… Continue reading Rock: The Best Thing about Vermont