Everyone loves a butterfly. They’re brightly colored and graceful as they flit between blooms, daintily sipping nectar, productively pollinating, and just generally spreading happiness wherever they go.

F ruit trees and oak forests with acorns are the supermarkets of the forest. Animals’ success in autumn foraging to fatten for winter survival is correlated to heavy fruit and acorn seed years.

It is stunning, even for those who can’t quite imagine what it must be like to summit Mount Everest, to see the recent pictures of climbers ascending the 29,000-foot peak in long lines that make it seem more like the line for Space Mountain at Disney World. Does Mickey Mouse greet them along…

There’s an odd pleasure that comes from climbing on a tractor and mowing a field. You can measure your accomplishment of the task in the neat parallel tracks that the tractor lays out behind the bushhog. It speaks to the desire to impose your own sense of order on what can sometimes appear t…

Andy Deegan was filling birdfeeders and letting the dog out in the early morning gloom when he encountered what he thought might be “the biggest squirrel I’ve ever heard” scrambling up a large white pine just outside his New London home.

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