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Past articles by Susan:

‘Hoo’ is it? How you can decipher owl calls: Nature News

It's March and at night, owls are calling from the woods, as primordial a sound as it gets. Here's how you can tell which owl you are hearing. → Read More

Nature News: Hemlock woolly adelgid, a feisty little bug

The hemlock woolly adelgid is a tiny insect that drains sap from hemlock branches until the tree dies. It will have a major impact on the flora and fauna in our region. → Read More

Here's how squirrels and chipmunks survive the brutal winter: Nature News

As iconic members of the northern boreal forest, red squirrels are made for snowy winters. → Read More

Common Eiders dine on a winter caviar treat: Nature News

Common Eiders are a species of the north; they nest in the tundra and along rocky shores. → Read More

Nature News: What to know about voles and their intricate tunnels in your yard

Voles are stockier than mice, with shorter ears and tails. As prey animals they are great at hiding. Here's how they do it. → Read More

Nature News: Porcupines are everywhere. Eastern hemlock helps you know where to look.

It took me many years to become aware of just how wonderful porcupines are. This is what I have learned. → Read More

Snowshoe hares: The real rock stars of winter for more reasons than one

Snowshoe hares' densely furred hind feet give them excellent buoyancy in soft, deep snow. And there's more. → Read More

Wild turkeys are everywhere: How they made their comeback and why they taste different

Wild turkey is a fundamentally different dining experience than domesticated turkey. → Read More

Wild turkeys are everywhere: How they made their comeback and why they taste different

Wild turkey is a fundamentally different dining experience than domesticated turkey. → Read More

Woolly aphids appear as tiny fairies in late fall sunlight: Nature News

This is the adult stage of their life cycle where they take flight to find a new host. → Read More

Mount Agamenticus decides to leave the leaves on the trails

Supervisors at local parks and conservation lands are choosing to leave fallen leaves on trails instead of clearing them to improve soil health. → Read More

Witch hazel bewitches by blooming in late fall

Witch hazel flowers appear on the shrub in late autumn as part of its reproductive strategy. → Read More

Shagbark hickory nuts the 'black truffle' of the nut world; squirrels agree

It's tough to be the squirrels and nut weevils to find an intact shagbark hickory nut. → Read More

Nature News: How a 200-year-old white oak serves an inspiration to conserve land in South Berwick

The Great Works Regional Land Trust is holding site walks of the piece of land in South Berwick it's hoping to acquire to conserve. → Read More

Help researchers by collecting data about flying squirrels in your neighborhood

The New England Flying Squirrel Network seeks volunteers to collect data about elusive flying squirrels on their property. → Read More

Black trumpet mushrooms herald the fall on the forest floor: Nature News

This is the time of year when many foragers' thoughts turn to mushrooms. → Read More

Nature News: Northern flickers like having ants in their ... feathers?

Northern flickers, a species of woodpecker, have a distinct red V on the back of their neck. → Read More

Welcome the goldenrod this fall instead of fearing it. It's not what's making you sneeze.

The plants with brightly colored flowers aren't releasing pollen into the air so enjoy them. → Read More

Ways you can save the loons: That's the message at Center for Wildlife's open house

The Center for Wildlife hosted loon researchers and advocates to get the word out about how each one of us can change our behavior to help loons. → Read More

Cute as a buttonbush: Native wetlands shrub benefits wildlife in so many ways

Native common shrub is a good one to plant around wetlands or soils that stays wet around your home. → Read More