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Nature Notes: Pelagic

Definitions vary by your choice of dictionary, but for our purposes the word “pelagic” means “species related to or living in the open sea.” This contrasts with species of coastal areas or on the bottom of the sea, known as the benthic zone. By now you may be wondering, so why are you writing about… Read more

Nature Notes: Black Bear

Nature Notes: Black Bear

Ed Robinson
April 27, 2023

“Pssst.” Roused from a deep sleep, I wasn’t sure what woke me, so I lay there listening. “Psssst!” This time it was louder and more insistent. My tentmate Andy. “What do you want?” I mumbled. “Shhhh. There’s a bear out there.” I had not heard a sound other than Andy’s hissing, but we were camped… Read more

Nature Notes: Binoculars

Nature Notes: Binoculars

Ed Robinson
April 7, 2023

History tells us that the early Egyptians were the first to experiment with slices of crystal to improve human vision. By the 12th century A.D. early opticians were creating basic lenses from glass and putting them in frames to correct vision problems. Historical records show that the first person to seek a patent on a… Read more

Nature Notes: Weasel Confusion

Nature Notes: Weasel Confusion

Ed Robinson
March 7, 2023

One of the joys of writing nature books is the opportunity to share my photo presentations with people around Maine. From Kittery to Bar Harbor, Rangeley to Harpswell, folks of all ages enjoy seeing photos of wildlife and telling their own stories about encounters in the outdoors. At times I wonder who is getting more… Read more

Nature Notes: Eastern Gray Squirrel

Nature Notes: Eastern Gray Squirrel

Ed Robinson
January 30, 2023

Please consider a vital question – how can an animal with a brain the size of a walnut be so devilishly clever, defeating nearly every human-designed device and construction to keep him out? If you like to feed the birds, you know exactly what I mean. There are many YouTube videos to prove just how… Read more

Nature Notes: Long-tailed Duck

Nature Notes: Long-tailed Duck

Ed Robinson
January 4, 2023

Over the years I have written several articles about the unique black and white beauties found on Harpswell’s winter waters. I have great appreciation for these hardy birds that include common loons, buffleheads, and common eiders. They may not add a splash of color to a season that is mostly shades of gray, but they… Read more

Nature Notes: Cattails

Nature Notes: Cattails

Ed Robinson
December 10, 2022

Song writers endlessly spin songs about life and love, using language and music in many styles to tell their tales. When writers turn lyrical, they often draw upon the natural world in the form of animals or plants. Witness one example in 1968 when folk singer Gordon Lightfoot mused about “pussy willows, cattails, soft winds… Read more

Nature Notes: Belted Kingfisher

Nature Notes: Belted Kingfisher

Ed Robinson
November 3, 2022

Every time I see this robin-size bird I cannot help but think that it looks like it was made from mismatched bird parts. The large head sits on a stubby neck, not very sleek. The legs are short, not made for walking. The tail is undersized relative to the body and wings. That long, heavy… Read more

Nature Notes: Harvest Time

Nature Notes: Harvest Time

Ed Robinson
October 11, 2022

Early autumn, and the living is easy, as easy as it gets in the natural world at our northern latitude. The heat and drought conditions of summer are gone, and the deprivation of winter has not arrived. This is a time of plenty for most wildlife and they are making the most of it. Across… Read more

Nature Notes: Porcupine

Nature Notes: Porcupine

Ed Robinson
September 6, 2022

An old French name for this creature is “porc d’espine,” literally the “pig with quills.” But you will not find roast porcupine gracing the table in a three-star Michelin restaurant. There are, however, many recipes online for a dish called “porcupine meatballs” which fortunately substitute long grain rice for actual quills. Unless you are lost… Read more