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Nature Notes: Atlantic Sea Scallop

Nature Notes: Atlantic Sea Scallop

Ed Robinson
January 7, 2020

Temperatures are falling and snow is piling up around town. That is great if you are a skier or snowmobiler, but it also spells good news for our dinner table. This is the time of year when one of Maine’s seafood delicacies becomes available to satisfy our cravings. This fishery is also an important contributor… Read more

Nature Notes: Northern Cardinal

Nature Notes: Northern Cardinal

Ed Robinson
December 10, 2019

(Photo by Bob Hilscher iStock) The holidays are upon us, and everywhere you see red – flashing lights, bright ribbons, ugly sweaters, you name it. While there are many shades of red, the one we’re interested in is “cardinal red,” so popular it has an official designation in the Pantone Matching System for paints as… Read more

Nature Notes: For the Birds

Nature Notes: For the Birds

Ed Robinson
June 6, 2019

We have all used the term “for the birds” at one time or another, perhaps to describe an idea we find preposterous or an aging uncle who has lost a few marbles along his way. The online Free Dictionary defines the term as relating to something that has no value or is boring. While some… Read more

Nature Notes: Tracking a Harpswell Heron

Thanks to Maine’s coastal location, and the wide variety of habitats on offer, we are blessed with hundreds of different birds. Over 460 species have been documented in Maine, with around 330 species seen regularly. Some are residents and others are passing through on their annual migration. Although a small community, Harpswell is a popular… Read more

Nature Notes: Nest Boxes for Birds

Winter passes slowly for wildlife and for humans, but the longer days tell us that spring is only a few weeks away. Soon your favorite species will emerge from hibernation or return from long migrations to warmer climates. Better weather will trigger the mating season for many creatures and finding a home for rearing their… Read more

Nature Notes: Virginia Opossum

Nature Notes: Virginia Opossum

Ed Robinson
February 28, 2019

Most of us have a weak spot for a particular wild creature, one that appeals to us as beautiful, cuddly or endangered. For me it is the Rocky Mountain elk, one of North America’s most impressive mammals. Other people might favor the common loon, a baby bear, or the grey wolf. But some folks become… Read more

Nature Notes: Soft-shell Clams

Nature Notes: Soft-shell Clams

Ed Robinson
January 28, 2019

Soft-shell clams You’ve seen them out there in the coves and bays, just like mailmen in their disregard for the sun, wind, cold and rain. They are bent over double with a short-handled, long-tined rake or hoe in hand, digging up row after row of wet, heavy mud. Their rubber hip boots are covered in… Read more

Nature Notes: Coyote

Nature Notes: Coyote

Ed Robinson
December 1, 2018

    On a blustery January day, Andy and I laid in the snow-filled corn field for several hours among our goose decoys with nothing to show for our efforts but chilled toes and fingers. Occasionally we would see a V-shaped flock high in the distance, but our calling had little effect on birds that… Read more

Nature Notes: Little Red Rocket

Nature Notes: Little Red Rocket

Ed Robinson
November 20, 2018

In the autumn I spend a lot of time perched in trees. Deer hunting is mostly a good excuse for watching and listening to the sights and sounds of nature. As I approach a tree stand, the forest around me goes silent. If I remain still, things return to normal within a few minutes and… Read more

Nature Notes: Beaver

Nature Notes: Beaver

Ed Robinson
October 1, 2018

At a snail’s pace, I belly-crawled down the bank toward the beaver pond. Pushing a fresh aspen branch in front of me, I screened my approach as much as possible. The big male eyed me from the water, clearly uncertain how to respond to this unusual visit. Nearly breathless with anticipation, I felt some of… Read more