Recent Blog Posts

  • Seth Kellogg: Bird Sightings

    April 1, 2014
    Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Many regular species are arriving from the south daily. Warblers reported were black-and-white, palm, pine and Louisiana waterthrush.
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  • Spring Pet Care Tips

    March 7, 2014
    The seasons are changing quickly this year, which may leave us unprepared to contend with all the things that come with warm weather, especially if you're a pet owner. There are a few things you should keep in mind when caring for your pet this spring and into the summer months.
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  • Spring Maintenance: What to Look for After the Snow Melts

    March 7, 2014
    A blanket of snow may be pretty to look at, but what is it covering up? The harsh winter weather takes a toll on the exterior of homes and yards, while much of the damage and debris is hidden until spring.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Larks in the meadows a special treat

    March 6, 2014
    On March 6, the sun shone on our land for 11 and a half hours, long enough to finally blow the polar winds away. That day a snowy owl was seen sunning itself on the ice-crusted fields of Hadley. It was likely a last farewell to the many bird lovers who had visited that wondrous winter landscape.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Beautiful and rare diving ducks visit the valley

    March 6, 2014
    In the meadows, the earth is finally bared and muddied, revealing its bounty of worms and insects to the first returning birds. Very soon the woodcock will rise to spread its singing wings wherever the soil is wet with rain.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Hooded mergansers encounter special season

    March 1, 2014
    A great river is not the only place you can find ducks on open water in winter. There are water holes on small ponds and streams that stay unfrozen all winter, thanks mostly to the efforts of park workers and visitors. The oldest water hole in the valley is Forest Park in Springfield.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Spring slow to come for many species

    March 1, 2014
    There have been rumors of spring, but not the real thing for some weeks now. A few vultures sail overhead and flash their silver linings, but it seems like an empty promise. The sun lingers longer each day, but the cardinals still frantically chow down at dusk.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Ducks on the river

    March 1, 2014
    Two weekends ago we had to brave a cold wind and a bright sun to see the diving ducks on the Connecticut River at Turners Falls. The following weekend we visited Longmeadow Island, another hotspot on that great river. This time we had cool, calm air under a gray sky.
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