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Q: Wondering if you have any idea why we are not seeing chipmunks? Normally, they would be running all over the place this time of year, but we haven't seen one! Not even on our long rides through … more
I find it interesting that almost all holidays have some association with plants, or perhaps it is the other way around, i.e. some plants are associated with holidays. Think poinsettia, and Christmas … more
Pruning rose bushes is a process that intimidates many otherwise confident gardeners. The problem arises, I think, from the kind of advice that is commonly offered by rose enthusiasts, "rosarians." … more
Q: I read your article, "Watch for salamanders, frogs on roads," The Berkshire Eagle, April 7, and I have a question: Do lawn pesticides harm amphibians? My reason for asking is this: When we moved … more
Be careful! Deer ticks abound! Take precautions! (I think I just used up my monthly allowance of exclamation points.) Not to sound too gloomy, but all predictions I've seen indicate the deer tick … more
MassWildlife warns us that spotted salamanders, wood frogs, blue-spotted salamanders, Jefferson salamanders, American toads, spring peepers, four-toed salamanders, northern leopard frogs and eastern … more
An often over-looked approach to pest management in the vegetable garden is enhancement of the population of beneficial insects. Examples of beneficial insects include lady beetles, ground beetles … more
In her recent article in The Berkshire Eagle on maple sugaring, writer Jennifer Huberdeau made reference to an illustration published in 1724. The artwork, which can be found online at the Library of … more
Although I am dubious that it is spring, I have learned to accept March is like this — year in and year out. Nature is more accepting, though, and its own rhythm goes along, not deterred by a … more
It is assumed that most, if not all the black squirrels we see in New England and nearby (melanistic strains of our common gray squirrel) migrated from Stanley Park in Westfield, where they were … more

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