Posts Categorized: Local

Cheeky Chipmunks

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by Will Michael EACH YEAR, many Connecticut residents will visit National Parks throughout the United States. Destinations like Yellow Stone, the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Yosemite are at the top of the list. Although the main attractions are the natural beauty, extreme habitats… Read more »

Woodpeckers: Winter Bird Watching

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by Will Michael DURING THE WINTER MONTHS the forest often seems barren and empty, but the the bare trees are advantageous for birdwatching.  Connecticut is home to a variety of woodpeckers,including the downy, hairy, red-bellied, and pileated. Here’s a quick lesson on how to identify… Read more »

Tiny Toads on Connecticut Trails

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by Will Michael During mid-summer in Connecticut, watch your step while hiking the trails of our forests. Eastern American toads have recently completed their transformation from tadpole to toad, and they now hop along the trail as they disperse throughout the forest. by Will Michael… Read more »

Foraging with the “Wildman”

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by Kristin Hankinsphotographs by Lenny Hankins “Is this edible?” asked Daniel Chong-Jimenez, a chef at Connecticut’s Norwich Inn, as he held up a plant in the middle of the woods.   Chong-Jimenez was one of many aspiring foragers who signed up for a “Wildman” Steve… Read more »

The Monarch Caterpillar

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by Will Michael One of the most famous caterpillars in Connecticut is the monarch.  They are easily identifiable with their black, white, and yellow/green color patterns. Their long horn-like structures on the anterior and posterior ends are another obvious feature. Take a look at the… Read more »

Wasp Battles Wasp

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by Will Michael BACKYARD GARDENS not only provide fruits, vegetables, and flowers, but also amazing wildlife activity. Take a look at this story observed in a Connecticut garden: A gentle patch of kale growing in a suburban garden is an insect battleground… by Will Michael… Read more »

The Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

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by Will Michael Connecticut is home to a variety of caterpillars and butterflies – it’s a challenge to properly identify them all. This article and corresponding video will help identify the black swallowtail caterpillar. Be on the lookout for them this summer! by Will Michael  … Read more »

The Toxic Millipede

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by Will Michael With all the recent rainfall Connecticut experienced, be on the lookout for cyanide-secreting millipedes crawling on the moist earth and leaves of the forest floor. by Will Michael     With all the recent rainfall Connecticut experienced, be on the lookout for… Read more »

How Snakes Smell

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by Will Michael The statement that snakes “smell with their tongues” is often uttered without enough explanation. This generic phrase is somewhat misleading as it gives the impression that a snake’s tongue acts alone in the smelling process. by Will Michael       The… Read more »

A Growing Solar Energy Business

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by Keith Roland Last month Tim Vesely of Four Winds Solar Store — a retail store in New Milford that sells solar hot water heating systems and solar electricity systems — and clean energy guru Henry Pietras spoke at Western Connecticut State University about solar… Read more »

Wild Turkeys in Winter

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by Will Michael JUST WHEN we thought spring was here, winter blasted us with another storm, and gave me a cold.   But Connecticut is prime habitat for wild turkeys in the winter, so I’m going to put some bait out and see if we… Read more »

Supercell Chaser to Hit WestConn

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by Joshua L. Durkin Western Connecticut State University’s Meteorology Club partners with the Science at Night lecture series this Thursday, February 17. Professor of biology Dr. Thomas Philbrick will be hosting energy meteorologist and storm chaser Jim Bishop with a presentation entitled “Storm Chasing: Behind… Read more »

Enjoy Winter While it Lasts

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by Will Michael Although the cold weather and deep snow makes one feel like hibernating, winter hikes offer a unique opportunity to appreciate bird life and the winter scenery.  The absence of leaves allows for an unobstructed view of the forest floor and tree line…. Read more »