Learning firewood physiology

Learning firewood physiology

DAVE MANCE III This week feels like fall proper. It’s gray, drizzly, 50s; the kind of weather that makes you realize you’d better batten down the house for winter. We’re going to get to the first fire of the year in a moment, that pathetic, smoldering pile of hissing wood in your woodstove that you… Read More »

Outside Story: The insect apocalypse: Hype vs. fact

Outside Story: The insect apocalypse: Hype vs. fact

JOE RANKIN Last February, you might have seen news stories about an impending insect apocalypse. “Huge global extinction risk.” “Plummeting insect numbers threaten collapse of nature.” “Insects are dying off at a scary rate.” And those were just the headlines on online articles from New Scientist, The Guardian and Fortune. Whew. The source was an… Read More »

Mosquitoes: Life under tension

Mosquitoes: Life under tension

DECLAN MCCABE A good friend was in touch; her son was enduring allergic reactions to mosquitos and, like any good parent, she sought solutions. I told her that the most practical, non-toxic way to deal with the problem was to consider a mosquito’s life cycle and interrupt it where it starts. Mosquitoes begin their lives… Read More »

The brook floater mussel

The brook floater mussel

SUSIE SPIKOL Freshwater mussels are not exactly charismatic. They don’t flit gracefully about like a Karner blue butterfly or munch on clover like a cottontail. They aren’t known for their sweet songs like a wood thrush, and they don’t close down traffic on the first rainy night of spring like spotted salamanders. They are fish… Read More »

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