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20121030_nature

Paul spotted the Jersey Devil all the way up here in New Hampshire! Watch out, readers – it might still be out there! 0

October 30, 2012
Nature 101

Goodbye, Paul, and thanks for the natural wonders

Dear Insider Editor and readers, 0

October 30, 2012

Traveling in the foosteps of Henry David Thoreau

At the McLane Center of the New Hampshire Audubon Society on Oct. 11, Dr. Robert Fay, English professor at Landmark College, talked about his two-year journey in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau. Accompanied by color slides, he described how he visited the places where Thoreau traveled and how he tried to see the… 0

October 23, 2012
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20121023_nature

(Left to right): Dr. Robert S. Fay, Hal Busch (New Hampshire Audubon’s 2010 volunteer of the year) and Robert Vallieres, the 2009 winner. 0

October 23, 2012
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Kenneth Stern (right) addresses his hiking group, put together by the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute. 0

October 16, 2012
Nature 101

Delivering a eulogy for the American chestnut tree

When I was on a hike through the Hutchins Forest of Canterbury in early October, guide Kenneth Stern pointed out a clump of branches growing from the roots of an old stump that was once a stately American chestnut tree. Sadly, Stern did not offer much hope that the thin saplings could become mature trees. He forecast… 0

October 16, 2012
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A group from the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute, led by expert mycologist Reta MacGregor (center), heads out on a mushroom hunt. You’re in good hands, hunters! 0

October 9, 2012
nature 101

On the hunt for 'shrooms with an expert mycologist

Want to go hunting for wild mushrooms to eat? Here is some good advice: Have adequate knowledge to correctly identify edible mushrooms, or go mushrooming with someone who does. In early September, I went on a mushroom foray sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Concord with our guide, Reta MacGregor,… 0

October 9, 2012
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Naturalist Tiffany Grade during a recent loon observation trip. 0

October 2, 2012
Nature 101

That lugubrious loon call? It's just Paul Basham

Seven pairs of loons disappeared from Squam Lake between autumn of 2004 and the spring of 2005. This decline from 16 to nine pairs of loons represents a 44 percent decrease in the Squam Lake's loon population, a drop not seen on any other New Hampshire Lake.In August, with naturalist Tiffany Grade as our guide,… 0

October 2, 2012