Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – October 2020

Many of Westford’s birds have migrated south by now, and we miss seeing them at our feeders and hearing their songs in our yards and woods. But, late fall and winter bring new opportunities. This is the time to really pay attention to and learn about our resident birds. There is much to learn about … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – September 2020

We have certainly had a hot summer, with lots of sun. But there’s a lot to love about the sun, especially its energy! We can capture the sun’s energy in solar panels, heat and cool our homes, run our electric stoves and lights. While using lots of electricity derived from the burning of fossil fuels … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – August 2020

Scientists have only recently learned that birds, like insects, can see ultraviolet light. Birds can see the entire spectrum of light from ultraviolet to infrared. They see the same colors we see, but much more. And this explains a lot. The history of research on this phenomenon is reported in The American Institute of Biological … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – July 2020

Do you have dandelions in your yard? Dandelions are despised by some and celebrated by others. I’m in the celebration camp. I consider dandelions to be beautiful, sunny and cheerful flowers, which are of great value to wildlife. I have a little book by Hilary Hopkins of Mass Audubon, titled Never Say It’s Just A … Read more

Wildlife Watch by Marian Harman – May 2020

One of my favorite hobbies is collecting old bird and wildflower guides. Perhaps you have a passion for this type of old book too. Recently, I was fortunate to be given a wonderful old pocket bird guide by a Westford friend. The book is titled Land Birds¬† ¬†Bird Guide: Song and Insectivorous Birds East of … Read more