An online resource based on the award-winning nature guide

A Closer Look at New England

A Great Christmas Present!

If you’re looking for a present for someone that will be used year round, year after year, Naturally Curious may just fit the bill.  A relative, a friend, your child’s school teacher – it’s the gift that keeps on giving to both young and old!

One reader wrote, “This is a unique book as far as I know. I have several naturalists’ books covering Vermont and the Northeast, and have seen nothing of this breadth, covered to this depth. So much interesting information about birds, amphibians, mammals, insects, plants. This would be useful to those in the mid-Atlantic, New York, and even wider geographic regions. The author gives a month-by-month look at what’s going on in the natural world, and so much of the information would simply be moved forward or back a month in other regions, but would still be relevant because of the wide overlap of species. Very readable. Couldn’t put it down. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the natural world, but there was much that was new to me in this book. I would have loved to have this to use as a text when I was teaching. Suitable for a wide range of ages.”

In a recent email to me a parent wrote, “Naturally Curious is our five year old’s unqualified f-a-v-o-r-I-t-e  book. He spends hours regularly returning to it to study it’s vivid pictures and have us read to him about all the different creatures. It is a ‘must have’ for any family with children living in New England…or for anyone that simply shares a love of the outdoors.”

I am a firm believer in fostering a love of nature in young children – the younger the better — but I admit that when I wrote Naturally Curious, I was writing it with adults in mind. It delights me no end to know that children don’t even need a grown-up middleman to enjoy it!


Naturally Curious Program

Friday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. I am giving a program at the Montshire Museum in Norwich, Vermont for the Ottauquechee section of the Green Mt. Club. The program is free and open to all. Hope you can come!


Naturally Curious Program in Concord, NH – March 15

I will be giving my Naturally Curious presentation at the New Hampshire Audubon McLane Center in Concord, NH on Thursday, March 15th at 7 p.m. — a program that includes a talk illustrated with my photographs and natural history collection (skins, skulls, scat, etc.).  The program is free and open to the public.  Hope to see some of you there!


Naturally Curious wins National Outdoor Book Award

I am delighted to be able to tell you that this morning I learned that NATURALLY CURIOUS won the Nature Guidebook category of the 2011 National Outdoor Book Awards.  I’m honored and humbled by this recognition.   http://www.noba-web.org/books11.htm


NATURALLY CURIOUS, THE BOOK, IS NOW AVAILABLE!

 

Friends and blog readers, spread the word! NATURALLY CURIOUS, my month-by-month guided tour of the Northeast and the plants and animals that make the region their home, is now available for purchase at www.trafalgarbooks.com! Order now, and your book ships next week! As of Monday, NATURALLY CURIOUS will be available in bookstores–look for it, and if you don’t see it, be sure to ask for it!

Don’t forget! If you order your copy from wwwtrafalgarbooks.com BY TOMORROW, OCTOBER 15, 2010, you’ll pay only $35.00 (regular price is $39.95).


NATURALLY CURIOUS–THE BOOK–WILL BE HERE SOON!

I am delighted to be able to share the good news that you can now pre-order my book, Naturally Curious!  I’ve just seen an advance copy, and the printer did a wonderful job with the photographs, and Trafalgar Square did an equally eye-catching job on the layout – I can truly say I am delighted with the end product of a lifetime of photographing, observing, collecting and researching natural history.  How lucky can one get to have the opportunity to put what one treasures most between the covers of a book?   Naturally Curious will be out October 18th.  If you’re in need of a Christmas present for someone, it might be just the ticket!

I’m offering my blog readers the opportunity to pre-order signed copies of Naturally Curious at a special discount price of $35.00 from my publisher’s web site. This offer is only good until October 15, 2010, at which time the regular retail price of $39.95 will apply. CLICK HERE to take advantage of this special offer!


Rainbows – Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods and marshes of New England

Find more of my photographs and information similar to that which I post in this blog in my book Naturally Curious, which is being published this fall.

RAINBOWS

Whenever there are water drops in the air and sunlight shining from behind them at a low altitude angle, there’s the possibility of seeing a rainbow, and yesterday’s brief storm provided such a gift for some observers. Look in the opposite direction of the sun when conditions seem right for a rainbow to form. For those whose thoughts turn to a pot of gold when they see a rainbow, your imagination will have to suffice. If you attempt to get to the end of a rainbow (where the pot of gold is supposed to be) you will never get there, as the rainbow, due to an optical effect, will always move further away.


Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

COYOTE SCAT

Scat (animal droppings) is one of the signs that can tell you not only what animal has been around, but what they recently dined on. Finding it is not much of a trick in winter, as it is so obvious against the white snow, and is often deposited on a structure that sticks up, such as a stump along a trail or at the junction of two trails. Yesterday and today I was tracking coyotes, and came upon scat which certainly demonstrated how opportunistic a predator coyotes are. One scat (found in the middle of a snowmobile trail) was filled with what I believe are the hairs of a snowshoe hare, which is not surprising, seeing as their population is booming around here, and they are a main prey of coyotes. The other scat was as dark as the snowshoe hair scat was light – close examination leads me to believe it has to be the hair of a striped skunk – a vast majority of the hairs are pitch black, with an occasional white one thrown in. I have read that coyotes will occasionally prey on skunks, and skunks are definitely out and about now – but I ‘ll bet it isn’t the meal of choice.

 


Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England.

Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

SIGNS OF WINTER AND SPRING

This is what my hill top looks like today – but believe it or not, this morning I passed a dead skunk on the road, proving that they think it’s spring. Striped skunks become active in mid-February in central Vermont; the peak of their breeding season is during the third week of March. Between now and then they cover a lot of ground, and, unfortunately, for the next month or so it isn’t unusual to see them lying by the side of the road. I also heard a house finch singing at the top of his lungs (or syrinx) high up in a sugar maple this morning – a definite sign of spring.

To hear his song and see what a male house finch looks like, go to http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/house_finch/id .


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