Slocum's River Reserve

By Shoshana Brown It’s finally summer! We have been suffering through a longer, chillier, cloudier spring than usual this year, but at last we are getting ready for parades, picnics, backyard grilling, and trips to the beach. But standing around watching parades, filling up at a picnic, or lying on a beach towel (when you…

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Ashe

BY LEAH HOWARD, DNRT LAND STEWARD I love walking my dog on land trust trails. We get to enjoy nature and my dog gets lots of exercise from running along the trails and smelling all the pheromones released by different animals. Unfortunately, lately we have had a lot of unpleasant experiences while out trail walking.…

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Wild Turkey

Help MassWildlife monitor wild turkey numbers across the state by reporting the birds you see in your area. Sportsmen and women, birders, and other wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to assist with MassWildlife’s Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey. MassWildlife conducts a  Brood Survey from June 1 through August 31 each year to estimate the number of…

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Scientists warn of environmental threats rising from trend that is ‘likely to continue unless policies are altered’ by Naomi Larsson Tree cover in urban areas has declined at a rate of around 175,000 acres per year, while impervious cover – such as roads and buildings – has increased significantly across the country. An estimated 40%…

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Health officials and researchers debate the role climate change is playing, but they agree the region’s tick population is growing By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff Lyme disease is a growing health threat in southern New England, and climate change could be making it worse. The disease got its name after the symptoms, which likely have…

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Cedar Wax Wing

By Angela Saini Birdsong is one of the most beautiful sounds on the planet, but did you know that those tweets and calls have a complex ‘sentence’ structure that could tell us a lot about the evolution of human language? When composer Emily Doolittle was given the chance to spend time at the Max Planck…

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Ridge Hill Reserve

What are we doing to protect our protected spaces? An international team of researchers, including University of Northern British Columbia Ecosystem Science and Management Associate Professor Dr. Oscar Venter, took a global view of protected spaces in a study published today in the prestigious journal Science. They found that one-third of the land within Earth’s…

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Savannah Sparrow

The nonprofit Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust hosted its 47th annual meeting May 16 at Friends Academy in Dartmouth. After a “glowing” financial report by exiting Treasurer Steven Shuster, a news release states, DNRT President James Forbush presented the Joe Frothingham Award to Vice President Lorraine Granda. The award is given annually to a member who…

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Snow may still be in the forecast, but local volunteers are turning soil, planting seed and looking forward to a bountiful spring harvest.  It is all thanks to a new greenhouse at Helfand Farm Community Gardens.  The greenhouse is a first for the group, which is now beginning its 6th year in operation. The public…

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