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A great blue heron at home. 0

April 17, 2012
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Kevin Wall scopes out a heron’s nest. 0

April 17, 2012
Nature 101

Paul discovers the rookery of a great blue heron

This past winter while I was hiking through the woods northeast of Concord, I discovered a remote beaver pond with several large nests high in some dead trees in the middle of the pond. I later mentioned this to Kevin Wall, director of Nature Education for the New Hampshire Audubon Society, and he said, "That… 0

April 17, 2012
Nature 101

Spring is in the air - or is that skunk cabbage?

"Skunk cabbage is the first wildflower to bloom in New Hampshire's spring," declared Mary Holland as she began a presentation entitled, "Watch Spring Emerge Through the Eyes of a Naturalist" at the New Hampshire Audubon McLane Center on March 7. She went on to explain the remarkable features… 0

April 10, 2012
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Believe it or not, this skunk cabbage is the first wildflower of spring. We wouldn’t recommend stopping to smell it, though. 0

April 10, 2012
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Carolyn Blasko (a.k.a. Little Naitch) with a horizontal tree. 0

April 3, 2012
NATURE 101

Listen to the silent trees

On a hike with my daughter, Carolyn Blasko, I came upon a tree that used its body language to tell us its life story. When the tree was a mere sapling, it was bent over by an event it does not remember. Maybe it was a strong wind, a heavy snowfall or a rambunctious moose. Whatever the cause, the tree found itself lying… 0

April 3, 2012
Nature 101

Paul talks with some of Concord's happy hikers

Again this year, Hilary Thomson and I attended the Trail Booth during the Wellness Fair on March 14. We listened as people told us about their enjoyment of hiking, and we answered their questions about the 56 miles of hiking trails within the city limits of Concord. The maps of our Concord trails were on display and… 0

March 27, 2012
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Hilary Thomson and Ginny Babczak look over a book of trail maps. 0

March 27, 2012
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Emily Knowlton and her miniature horse, Cover Girl. 0

March 27, 2012