Botany, Climate Change, Conservation, Earth Science, Entomology, Experience, Natural Destinations, Seasons, Wildlife

Beyond the Jeep Road Sits Coyote — Wilderness in 2015

By Levi Old On the first day of a 90-day expedition, our team made camp at the end of a jeep road. The afternoon sun, low in the sky, blanketed the desert’s red and orange rocks. Daylight quickly shifted into dusk. The rocks faded into shapes, and dropped shadows on slick rock in the crescent… Continue reading Beyond the Jeep Road Sits Coyote — Wilderness in 2015

Migrations, Seasons, Wildlife

Partial Migrants: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Sonia DeYoung - Outside my window, a robin pecks around in the rain. It's the day before Thanksgiving, and the forecast calls for the rain to turn to snow tonight in my Massachusetts hometown. So why isn't this robin right now flying south toward a warm, easy winter? Casual birdwatchers see robins as harbingers… Continue reading Partial Migrants: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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

Seasons

Why our bodies need those blue-sky days

By Nikki Bauman The contrast of fresh powdered snow amplified by a background of cerulean vastness is one of nature’s finest vistas.  Fellow outdoor enthusiasts refer to these conditions as “bluebird” days, a term routinely followed with hooting, hollering, and high-fiving between friends and strangers gathering on the ski hill to worship the good weather. Why… Continue reading Why our bodies need those blue-sky days

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”