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Frogs, Turtles and Salamanders, Oh My!

Did you hear the sound of a thumb raking over the teeth of a comb while on a recent hike? That’s the Western Chorus Frog. The first frog to emerge when the ground thaws. They are very loud near some wetlands in our area,...

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Are Oaks Like People?

The first TLC easement was accepted in 1991 from Leta & Alice Clark at the corner of Thompson Road & Route 120. The sisters wanted to be sure that their “Wildflower Preserve” was never developed, despite...

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Why does it snow?

Do you ever wonder why it snows? With the regular snow events that we’ve had since early December, I find myself thinking about snow – where it comes from and why it falls… Well, the simple explanation is...

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John Fowles’ Tree

In 1979, author John Fowles released his non-fiction book “The Tree.” Coming from the author of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, this sweet little book must have surprised many. The writing style is pure Fowles...

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Slow down, take a cue from nature!

As I look around this time of year – leaves off the trees, flowers now brown, insects and other small creatures hidden away – I can’t help but think of the wisdom of Nature. Months ago, as the amount of daylight...

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The restorative power of fire

It seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? Using fire as a tool to improve the condition of natural areas. Yet, through millenia of struggle between plants, animals, and the natural forces of wind, snow and fire, a system...

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