Fish scales and the American shad

Fish scales and the American shad

TIM TRAVER It’s tempting to simply view fish scales as armor, but there’s more to them than that. They provide camouflage; they also play a role in locomotion. For scientists working on the recovery of American shad in the Connecticut River, scales provide a record of a fish’s life history and a way to measure… Read More »

A Tale of Two Seasons

A Tale of Two Seasons

DAVE MANCE III The 2019 maple sugaring season has, for most, just ended in southern Vermont and New Hampshire, and so sugarmakers are tallying up their sap and syrup volumes to see how they made out. My sense, as a sugarmaker myself, is that most did well. In tallying our own numbers, it was interesting… Read More »

Northeastern wolves: The past, present and future

Northeastern wolves: The past, present and future

SUSAN SHEA On a moonlit night 200 years ago, a dog-shaped shadow slipped through the Vermont woods. The large, shaggy canid emerged onto a hilltop pasture, raised its muzzle, and howled – a deep, throaty howl that reverberated through the hills. A chorus of wolves responded. Wolves were common in the Northeast and most of… Read More »

Managing wildlife by the numbers in New Hampshire

Managing wildlife by the numbers in New Hampshire

By BRETT AMY THELEN Forty years ago, amid the surge of legislation that accompanied the rise of the modern environmental movement, New Hampshire passed its first Endangered Species Conservation Act. The goal was to protect wildlife facing extinction in the Granite State. There was just one problem: they had no list of exactly which species… Read More »

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