Category Archives: weather

Vicarious early winter in Vermont


Snow squalls sweep across the mountains in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. ./ © K.P. McFarland Fear not, during these short days and long nights of December, we’re still finding plenty of life in the fading light. Once we pass … Continue reading

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Why can’t humans affect the climate?


If you have insights on this please help me understand.  As noted this week, discussions of anthropogenic climate change have peaked since President Trump’s decision to renege on US commitments to the Paris Climate Accord.   One of the primary … Continue reading

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2016 State of the Birds


It ain’t much better than the last one.  Check out the press release for the 2016 State of the Birds Report to see the gains and losses in conservation, and consider options for the future. (Complete and well-organized overview here.) … Continue reading

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After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly


Thanks to K. P. McFarland for this important post from 26 Aug. 2014.  I have been following this story for years, but even I was surprised to learn that things had gotten so grave so quickly.  

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Puffin Cams and other delights from the National Audubon Society


The latest Audubon newsletter features Green Heron nestlings, live feeds of nesting puffins on Seal Island, ME, and lots of other cool stuff.  Check it out!   Atlantic Puffin burrow-cam!  (The Common Tern soundtrack sure brings back memories.) Here’s the … Continue reading

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A Wandering Week in Newfoundland – Part 4 of 4: To The Wilds


The culmination of our week in Newfoundland, and our entire reason for being there, was the Davis/Murphy family reunion. Warmed and sated from my piping hot bowl of moose stew from the Gannet’s Nest in St. Brides, we headed inland … Continue reading

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A Wandering Week in Newfoundland – Part 3 of 4: The Fog Rolls In


For two days we had explored the eastern Avalon around St. John’s, in glorious sunshine punctuated by a profusion of blooming fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) that provided vibrant color against the green and blue of forest and sea. Our host for … Continue reading

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