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Nature Notes: Cooper’s Hawk

Nature Notes: Cooper’s Hawk

Ed Robinson
December 1, 2015

Sitting around the dinner table with friends a few months ago, conversation turned to the large bird feeder visible through picture windows.  Our host clearly enjoyed watching his many visitors, but complained about losing song birds to a fast flying raptor.  He told of seeing one sparrow being swept away in a burst of feathers…. Read more

Nature Notes: Raccoon

Nature Notes: Raccoon

Ed Robinson
November 20, 2015

The settlement of America and the huge population growth of the last 150 years has resulted in significant impacts on most wildlife species.  In some of mankind’s worst moments, we caused the extinction of the passenger pigeon, and nearly wiped out the American bison.  In other cases, our actions have allowed species to expand their… Read more

Nature Notes: Wildlife Mysteries

Nature Notes: Wildlife Mysteries

Ed Robinson
October 28, 2015

I know that many readers of this column are observant of the natural world around them, and can imagine that you sometimes wonder about signs of wildlife activity that leave parts of the story untold.  It might be those unfamiliar tracks along a hiking trail that pique your interest, or a pile of feathers in… Read more

Nature Notes: Skunk

Nature Notes: Skunk

Ed Robinson
September 20, 2015

If there is a wild creature with a serious public relations issue, it is the skunk.  When I was a kid, the word skunk was used as an insult against dirty, rotten, low-down liars.  You have probably come upon a malodorous wetlands plant called skunk cabbage, and not because of its coloration. How many of… Read more

Nature Notes: Meadow Vole

Nature Notes: Meadow Vole

Ed Robinson
June 20, 2015

Every spring when the snow on our lawn finally melts, we find a series of tunnels in the dormant grass, along with some woven nests.  If we are unlucky, we also find damage to our ornamental and fruit trees, with the bark chewed at the base of the trunk and on exposed roots.  The likely… Read more

Nature Notes: Honey bees

Nature Notes: Honey bees

Ed Robinson
May 1, 2015

In an old song titled Lazy Day, there is a phrase, “…Baby, you and me, and the honey bee.” There is a fair amount of truth in that, not only if you love honey, but also if you enjoy flowers and foods that depend upon the exchange of pollen for successful production. By collecting an… Read more

Nature Notes: American Robin

Nature Notes: American Robin

Ed Robinson
April 1, 2015

John Berry photo As I write this article in early March, I sit in my office wearing three layers of clothing, including long underwear. For a few minutes this morning, the sun popped through the clouds and my hopes soared, but the winds soon picked up and the temperature plummeted once again. Yet I know… Read more

Nature Notes: White-Tailed Deer, part two

Curt Chipman photo A mature whitetail buck is a fascinating creature, the subject of a great deal of research, many hours of television programs and millions of printed words in scientific and sporting publications. Much of the focus is upon the headgear a buck develops each year, his antlers or “rack.” The antlers are made… Read more

Nature Notes: White-Tailed Deer, part one

Curt Chipman photo If there is a common mammal more loved and sometimes detested than the white-tailed deer (also referred to as a “whitetail”), I would be surprised. Many of us fell in love with this graceful animal after seeing the classic Walt Disney movie “Bambi,” and have long enjoyed seeing them in parks and… Read more

Nature Notes: The Eastern or Taiga Moose

Mary Robinson photo Maine is blessed with large populations of three iconic creatures that loom large in the imaginations of tourists and locals–lobsters, loons and moose. Around the state, on most summer evenings you will find cars parked near known moose hangouts with folks hoping to spot a moose enjoying a tasty meal of wetland… Read more