Recent Blog Posts

  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Admiring the grebes

    November 26, 2014
    Lake Onota in Pittsfield is one of five large bodies of water in the upper Housatonic Valley of Berkshire County. These lakes and ponds are especially attractive to migrating water birds in the fall, and are always worth the half hour of travel from the Connecticut Valley.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: A hundred days of autumn migration

    November 19, 2014
    Autumn can be a long, cruel season, a frantic search for food, enough to fuel a flight through endless skies, often spanning half the planet. It begins in August in the Arctic, when sandpipers and plovers fatten up on clouds of mosquitoes. The young birds hatch, then hunt within minutes.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Encounters with gulls, larks and a wren

    November 12, 2014
    The annual visit to Lake Champlain is always special, despite the changing and challenging weather. During our visit this November, the days were dry, but the air was cold and brisk. Moderate north winds on the first day became severe on the second.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Ducks and Coots delight on Berkshire County lakes

    November 6, 2014
    Late fall is a time for lakes and flocks, as migrating ducks splash down and linger for a while before the winds bring frost and ice. Some ducks favor shallow backwater ponds where weeds grow; others dive in a little deeper water for fish.
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  • Getting Wild Birds Ready for Winter

    November 1, 2014
    Wild Birds are well equipped for changing seasons, not only by migrating south but also by getting heavier, warmer plumage, eating a winter-friendly diet, and gathering in groups to share the hard work of finding food and shelter when those resources are scarce.
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  • Winterizing Your Barn

    November 1, 2014
    It is essential to protect your barn from winter storms, and doing so will help keep your equipment safe and your livestock healthy through the long winter months.
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