Recent Blog Posts

  • 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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  • Preventing Snowballs in Your Horse‚Äôs Hooves

    February 21, 2014
    When it comes to preventing snowballs in your horses’ hooves, many of our clients find that home-grown solutions are easiest and relatively effective. If your horse is only in the snow from time to time, products you most likely already have at home are adequate means of preventing snowballs.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Romantic Melodies break winter's silence

    February 20, 2014
    Valentine’s Day is for the birds. After all, Cupid does have wings. The cherub’s work begins about the first day of February, when the rising of the sun eventually signals the start of the mating season.
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  • Healthy Dental Practices for Pets

    February 1, 2014
    February has been declared Pet Dental Month --and for good reason. The most common disease seen by veterinarians is dental disease. In fact, 75-85% of pets over the age of 2 have dental disease of some form.
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  • Winter Home Improvement Projects

    January 1, 2014
    It’s easy to feel cooped up inside after a few months of winter. The holiday buzz has died down, you’ve finally finished putting away all those seasonal decorations … so, now what? The winter months are a great time to embark upon an indoor home improvement project or two!
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  • Winter Care Tips for Wild Birds

    January 1, 2014
    Winter time can present a battle for survival for wild birds. Their endless quest for food begins at dawn and continues until dusk. They spend their days searching for enough sustenance to store enough energy to endure cold winter nights.
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  • How to Prepare Wild Birds for Winter

    December 1, 2013
    With fewer daylight hours and longer cold nights, natural food sources needed for energy to keep warm are scarce. Water supplies can be frozen or snow covered.
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