• Why do birds fly south for winter?

    cbell1 on EcoBlog
    by Doug Morin I opened my backdoor and stepped into the yard to a flash of red and buzz of wings – a hummingbird.  Maybe the last of his kind I will see this year, he perched on a small branch, tilted his head to either side, then flew off down the road. Here in […]
    Posted September 28, 2011.
  • Chicken of the Woods

    Becky with her find.
    cbell1 on EcoBlog
    by Becky Cushing Frog legs, rabbit, octopus, sea lamprey: Tastes just like chicken. But a mushroom? That might take some convincing. Purple toadstools dot moist ground. Tiny aliens emerge from rotting wood. A stalk shoots from leaf litter on the forest floor. Like Alice’s Wonderland, the damp woods in and around Burlington are splattered with wild […]
    Posted September 24, 2011.
  • Subtle Wonders of the High Sierra

    tiny Ivesia grows in a rock crevice
    cbell1 on EcoBlog
    by Cathy Bell After a night spent deeply burrowed into the warmth of my down sleeping bag, I wake to discover that my tent has abruptly transformed itself from a cozy refuge to a swelteringly confined space.  The sun has only just cleared the ridgeline of Cirque Peak, but its rays are strong here at 11,000 feet […]
    Posted September 22, 2011.
  • A Bypassed Giant

    white oak © 2011 Rachel Garwin
    cbell1 on EcoBlog
    by Rachel Garwin What’s the last amazing thing you overlooked?  I discovered mine last Wednesday in Centennial Woods, a 65-acre natural area near the University of Vermont campus.  A friend and expert naturalist was sharing his local knowledge with a group of undergrads, and I had tagged along.  The familiar path turned to the left in […]
    Posted September 16, 2011.