Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – August 2023

New England’s greatest treasure is its forests. We rely on our forests to cool the land, and provide moisture to our air. And in this era of abrupt, serious climate change, trees are a major route for carbon sequestration. The more trees that are cut, the more global warming will occur. Forests provide sanctuary for … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – July 2023

Hot enough for ya? This is the question I used to hear when I was growing up in Washington, D.C. And it was hot–in the 90’s most summer days. When we moved north  to New England, we didn’t have nearly as much hot weather–only about two weeks a year when it was in the low … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – June 2023

The Dinosaur vs. the Mammal This month we have been witnessing an ongoing battle between a dinosaur and some mammals, which reminds me of tales of the Jurassic era. Making a complex subject overly simple, here’s the way I learned it: about 200 million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, tiny mammals had to … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – May 2023

Where Have All the Fireflies Gone? Do you remember running around on the lawn at dusk, catching fireflies in a jar, looking at them with wonder, and then releasing them? Are these nostalgic summer childhood memories a thing of the past? Will our children and grandchildren have a chance to make these same memories? There … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – April 2023

Spring Migration For ardent birdwatchers, nothing can be more exciting than seeing the first spring migrants. First to come in February are the blackbirds, red-winged blackbirds, grackles and cowbirds. Next the phoebes arrive in March, first seen here on March 29. In April we say good-by to the northbound juncos, last seen here on April … Read more