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It's not often that I can claim my garden rivals those of despots, but in at least one respect I have equaled the emperor Tiberius of ancient Rome. Tiberius' reign (14-37 A.D.) was in many ways an … more
Q: Why have there been so many sightings of owls lately in people's yards.— Alex, Bennington, Vt.I know that there have been many sightings of barred owls lately.— HankA: Owl sightings … more
Q: This winter, there are more squirrels around and have taken over our bird feeders. Normally, I have a few, maybe one or two, this past month there have been five or six every day (and none are … more
Q: Do the bear species living in the area all hibernate?— Steve, AdamsA: First, know that there is but one species of bear living in New England, the black bear (Urus americanus), and that is … more
It is my turn to ask a question: Why do most individuals that send me inquiries concerning the fisher, a relative of the weasel, mink and skunk, call it a fisher cat? Nowhere in my references does it … more
The weather keeps me indoors much of the time at this season of the year, and so I have an opportunity to reflect on what went well in the garden during the past year, and what still needs work.I … more
Q: You write often about birds and bird feeding, but I don't see anything about the downside, if there are any. And might we be doing more harm than good? Your thoughts, comments? more
SUPER BLOOD MOON While the hype will increase this week about the Super Blood Moon eclipse that will begin here at 9:36 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, and end at 3:45 a.m. Jan. 21, you may wonder why the … more
Growing up in England, Arne Maynard was introduced to gardening early. He recalls as a small child following his grandfather around the vegetable garden, and his child's distress at the thinning of a … more
Q: In mid-December, I walked the road into Richmond Pond and Camp Russell. It is one of my favorite walks at all seasons. I took a detour off to the left to explore the marsh part of the way down. It … more

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