Seasons

Enough Pumpkins in the Patch?

by Cathy Bell (originally posted on vtdigger.org) Back in the middle of September, a headline caught my eye. “Northeast Faces Devastating Pumpkin Shortage,” I read, with a mixture of amusement and trepidation. Devastating?  Really?  Pumpkins are cheery and plump and orange.  It’s tough for me to take them seriously enough to believe that anyone could… Continue reading Enough Pumpkins in the Patch?

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

Botany

A Closer Look at Cones: Norway Spruce

by Doug Morin   Thwack……thwack…… What was that, I wonder?  Never mind, I have to focus. thwack...clunk…bang……… Bang? Was that a bang? thwack…bang…...thwack…thwack I couldn’t help myself.  I opened the window and look down to the garage and driveway.  Nothing moved.  The neighbors weren’t even home.  Back to work. thwack…thwack…thwack I raced over to the… Continue reading A Closer Look at Cones: Norway Spruce

Natural Destinations

Natural Destinations: Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

By Danielle Owczarski Far from Burlington, hidden in the low basin of the Nulhegan River in the Northeast Kingdom, awaits a little known National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The 26,000 acres of refugium established in 1999 encompasses three headwater tributaries to the Nulhegan River, itself a tributary to the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River watershed.… Continue reading Natural Destinations: Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge